Coronavirus is now a global epidemic, having been detected in 32 countries worldwide. Though it initially began in Wuhan, China, it has since spread to nations across the world including France, Germany and the UK. Furthermore, confirmed cases have been located in holiday hotspots including Spain, the USA, Australia, Egypt, Thailand and Italy.
With multiple airlines cancelling flights to affected regions, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warning against travel to affected areas, it can be worrying for those with holidays planned. Furthermore, as the Easter holidays fast approach, many Britons are likely to be gearing up for a vacation, but fear of the deadly virus could be cause for concern.
The good news is that the World Health Organisation maintains that it is still safe to travel.
Appearing on a Coronavirus update video, Dr Carmen Dolea, Head, IHR Secretariat at the World Health Organisation said: “If you have to travel you have to go to the airport.”
“If you want to reduce your risk of being infected it’s true that staying away from people which may be suspected cases may help you to reduce your risk.”
Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Dr Richard Dawood, a Travel Medicine Specialist from Fleet Street Clinic, also urged travellers not to cancel holiday plans, and instead says exercising good hygiene practises and having a good travel insurance policy should be more than enough to keep you safe.
He said: “Do make sure you have good insurance…