The UAE is the latest country to announce that all flights to and from China have been cancelled in an effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.
Beijing will be exempt from the ban. But there will be strict measures in place for all passengers including six to eight-hour medical screening.
The news to cancel all UAE flights to China due to Coronavirus was announced by state-run WAM news agency on Monday and comes into effect from February 5.
“We continue to put our confidence in the Chinese government’s efforts to control and contain the situation,” said the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The UAE is the latest country to put a near-total travel ban on China. Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Australia, Italy, Finland and Indonesia have halted flights. While the UK’s national airline British Airways has also halted services to and from China.
Major companies including Google and Facebook have banned travel to the country, while big brands like Starbucks and Apple have shut stores across China.
The latest reports indicate there have been over 14,00 cases and more than 300 deaths had been confirmed.
Five cases of Coronavirus in the UAE
To date, the UAE has confirmed five cases of Coronavirus. The patients have are all in a stable condition and are expected to be released after a 14-day quarantine period.
Meanwhile, the UAE has announced it’s standing alongside China as the Coronavirus continues to spread.