Foreign Ministry advises travelers to exercise caution regarding the spread of the coronavirus

  • 2020-01-31
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Taking into account the spread of the coronavirus outside of China and reported cases in Asia, Europe and other parts of the world, the Foreign Ministry has renewed its travel warning and asks travelers from Latvia to exercise general caution, LETA found out from the ministry.

According to a press release issued by the ministry, in connection with the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, the Foreign Ministry urges travelers not to travel to Hubei province and to assess the need to travel to China.

The ministry also calls on persons already in China to follow the instructions of the local authorities.

The AFP news agency reports that Singapore and Mongolia slapped sweeping bans on arrivals from China on Friday and the United States told its citizens to avoid the country after a global health emergency was declared over a viral epidemic that has killed 213 people.

Nearly 10,000 people have been infected in China by the new coronavirus and new cases were found abroad, with more than 20 countries now affected by the disease.

With countries around the world growing increasingly concerned, the World Health Organization, which was criticised for initially downplaying the virus threat, declared the outbreak a global health emergency on Thursday.

The US State Department raised its warning alert to the highest level, telling Americans "do not travel" to China and urged those already there to leave.

Singapore and Mongolia went a step further.

Citing a likely "sharper rise" in the spread of the virus, Singapore's government barred arrivals and transit passengers from mainland China.

Japan, meanwhile, joined Britain, Germany and other countries that have recommended that their citizens avoid China.