“Avoid all travel to the province of Hubei.”
The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for parts of China.
The government says Canadians should avoid all travel to Hubei Province, where the city of Wuhan is located.
Wuhan is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading Coronavirus epidemic.
Here’s what the government advisory says:
“Hubei Province – Avoid all travel
Avoid all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou, due to the imposition of heavy travel restrictions in order to limit the spread of a novel coronavirus.”
Further details on the risks in Hubei were also shared by the government:
“On January 22, 2020, Chinese authorities asked the public to avoid all non-essential travel to and from the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, in the hopes of containing a novel coronavirus. As part of their public safety measures, they have implemented heavy travel restrictions affecting many cities throughout the province. You could be denied entry to or exit from parts of Hubei. Further restrictions may be imposed on short notice.
- Read the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Travel Health Notice (THN) on the Novel Coronavirus in China.
- Expect increased health measures at airports throughout China.
- Monitor the news for the latest developments on the evolving situation.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
THN on the novel coronavirus – Public Health Agency of Canada
As many have noted however, tens of millions of people have already likely left Hubei, and travelled to other parts of China and the world. China is in the midst of locking down many cities, including cities outside of Hubei Province, leading many to wonder why the Canadian government has not taken swifter action such as a full advisory against all travel to China, and a ban on incoming flights from China.
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