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Coronavirus: BA suspends flights to mainland China

British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak, “with immediate effect”, the airline has said.

This is as a result after the UK Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to the country.

The virus has caused more than 100 deaths, spreading across China and to at least 16 other countries. Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the city of Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak.

The UK government is arranging to evacuate Britons from Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.

The United States and Japan flew citizens out of the Chinese city at the epicenter of a new virus outbreak on Wednesday, as the death toll rose sharply and the first case appeared in the Middle East.

Australia plans to quarantine it’s 600 returning citizens for two weeks on Christmas Island – about 2,000km (1,200 miles) from the mainland.

Other airlines, including United Airlines, Air Canada and Cathay Pacific Airways, have already cancelled some flights to China.

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