The British Airways has announced that it has suspended all flights to and from China with immediate effect following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.
British Airways made announced on the morning of Wednesday, the 29th of January 2020, saying the decision had been reached upon following advice from the United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Office.
“We have suspended all flights to and from mainland China with immediate effect following advice from the (UK) Foreign Office against all but essential travel,” British Airways said in a brief statement.
“We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” British Airways added.
British Airways has flights from London to Shanghai and Beijing that operate on a daily basis from London’s Heathrow airport.
The suspension of China flights by the British Airways comes after Russia’s Urals Airlines suspended a number of services and flights to Europe which is popular with Chinese tourists, including Paris and Rome, owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus has so far killed more than 160 people and infected a thousand others with 18 countries already reporting infections.
Yesterday, 28th January 2020,Kenya reported the first-ever case of Coronavirus after a student traveling from China to Kenya exhibited symptoms of the virus during his flight to Kenya through the Kenya Airways.
The patient is now admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where he was quarantined during the flight from China to Kenya to avoid infecting other passengers and crew in the Kenya Airways plane.