Airlines Suspend Flights to China Over Coronavirus Outbreak, Nigeria Closes Down a Chinese Supermarket in Abuja

 Doctors attending to a Coronavirus patient in China
Doctors attending to a Coronavirus patient in China

The Coronavirus outbreak in China is gradually locking out the most populous country on earth from the rest of the world as more than 9 major airlines announced the suspension of flights to the country.

British Airways, Lufthansa, United Airlines, American Airlines, Lion Air and Seoul Air, are among some of the airlines that have suspended flights to the country due to the deadly disease.

Many other airlines like Finnair, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia are reducing the number of flights to the country as demand for travel drops because of the outbreak.

The Coronavirus outbreak which was first reported this year in Wuhan, a city with a population of 11 million people has spread to over 19 neighbouring cities in Mainland China killing more than 130 people. As of Wednesday, January 29, 2020, more than 6,000 cases had been confirmed in mainland China.

Besides the preventive measures, the airlines took, several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have advised its citizens not to visit China. Some countries have even ordered the immediate evacuation of its citizens from the country.

All the transport networks of the city of Wuhan: rail, bus, subway and ferries – have been suspended, and residents have been ordered to wear masks as measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Nigeria fight against Coronavirus

A Doctor attending to a Coronavirus patient in China
A Doctor attending to a Coronavirus patient in China

Nigeria is not left out in spelling out preventive measures. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) issued a statement a week ago stating that the centre is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the spread of the disease. It also said that there are increased screening measures at the nation’s points of entry.

In the same vein, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, shut down a Chinese’s Panda Supermarket in Abuja due to illegally imported seafood from China which was delivered to the stores.

“FCCPC inspected Panda Supermarket; Jabi on credible reports that it discriminated and had a concealed area for Asian nationals. Allegation confirmed seafood and animals imported illegally from China discovered. Store closed in abundance of caution considering Coronavirus”, the commission tweeted.

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