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19 Feb 2020 | 04:47 AM UTC

Greece: Air China cancels all flights to Athens February 17

Air China cancels all flights to Athens from February 17 due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; confirm flight reservations

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Event

Air China announced that it will cancel all flights to Athens from Monday, February 17, through Wednesday, March 18, to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Greek authorities also implemented temperature screening for passengers arriving from China.

As of Wednesday, February 19, no COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Greece.

Further international spread of the COVID-19 virus is to be expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in 29 countries and territories worldwide. Virus screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is a "very grave threat."

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia. 

Advice

Individuals traveling with Air China are advised to monitor the situation and confirm flight status prior to leaving for the airport.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

• Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

• When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands

• If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider

• Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.