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Health Minister Advises China Travellers To Take Precaution After Coronavirus Outbreak In Wuhan City

“The virus is totally new and there has not been any vaccination for it yet, thus we are advising Fijians to take precautions, especially those planning to travel to China during this period,” Dr Waqainabete said.
24 Jan 2020 11:28
Health Minister Advises China Travellers To Take Precaution After Coronavirus Outbreak In Wuhan City

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete is advising Fijians planning to travel to China to take precautions.

This follows the massive outbreak of the coronavirus in China, especially in Wuhan City.

He said the ministry was strongly against any travel to Wuhan during the outbreak period as there was no vaccination.

“The virus is totally new and there has not been any vaccination for it yet, thus we are advising Fijians to take precautions, especially those planning to travel to China during this period,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“We advise them to be extra cautious with those they get into contact with and the basic precautionary measures like washing their hands after coughing, sneezing and attending to sick people,” he said.

“Cover your mouth and nose with tissue, sleeve, or elbow when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue into a closed bin after use.”

He added that the Ministry of Health and Medical Services would continue to monitor the developing situation and would provide updates accordingly.

Meanwhile, Fiji Airways general manager corporate communications Shane Hussein said the national air carrier was closely monitoring the situation and would be guided by health authorities in Fiji and airports they operate to.

“A number of precautionary measures are already being put in place by the airline and we continue to update our crew with the required relevant information on the ground,” Mr Hussein said.

Fijian national and Masters of Business Administration student Diana Botei, while speaking from Wuhan City yesterday, said public transportation in the area has been suspended and movement restricted.

“The Chinese city of Wuhan has been placed under quarantine in an effort to stop the spread of the killer coronavirus,” Ms Botei said.

Chinese media have confirmed that no one would be allowed to enter or leave Wuhan ahead of Saturday’s Lunar New Year, which is one of the country’s busiest travel seasons.

Eight Fijians in Wuhan City are together in isolation at a flat in Wuhan since Monday.

Edited by Percy Kean

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