UK 'could ban ALL flights from China and block foreign citizens from entering'

Mail Online | 2/5/2020 | Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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The UK is considering a blanket ban on all flights from China and on foreign citizens entering the country if they have been to China in the last two weeks.

It could follow in the footsteps of the US, which has put a stop to any non-Americans entering the country if they have come from China.

Italy - Australia - New - Zealand - Steps

Italy, Australia and New Zealand have taken similar steps, and authorities in France and Germany – potentially the EU as a whole – are also considering the move.

Currently, the UK has no routine screening of people arriving from China because there is such a slim chance of them showing symptoms during the time they are in the airport, MailOnline understands.

Checks - People - Hubei - Province - Doctors

There are, however, checks on people being evacuated from the crisis-hit Hubei province, and doctors on standby at London Heathrow for anyone who becomes ill.

Dramatic advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) yesterday urged all Brits currently in China – thought to be around 30,000 people – to leave the country.

Developments - Number - Cases - People

The developments come as the number of global cases has soared to almost 25,000 and 493 people have died.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he expects more cases to appear in the UK – there have been two so far – and that the worst of the outbreak was yet to come.

Labour - Party - Shadow - Foreign - Secretary

The Labour Party's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, has slammed the Government's response during the entire outbreak as 'a shambles'.

Whether the UK Government puts the drastic measures in place will depend on how the outbreak develops in the coming days and weeks, The Times reports.

Response - Coronavirus - Week - Total - People

Its response to the coronavirus has escalated in the past week. A total of 416 people have been tested for the virus in the UK, with just two returning positive.

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