The White House is considering cancelling flights between the United States and China as the new coronavirus continues to spread. The Trump administration officials announced the decision on Tuesday. The number of deaths rose to 132 on Wednesday, with nearly 1,500 new cases. Beijing is facing immense pressure to control the disease.
However, the administration has not made any final decision but discussed the prospect of suspending flight to China, sais the officials. The White House is holding daily meetings on the outbreak and also monitoring China-US flights as it may spread the infections to the country, said the sources.
A senior Trump administration official dismissed the rumours that they have asked airlines to suspend flights. “The White House did not call the airlines and hasn’t asked for a suspension of flights between the U.S. and China,” the official said.
Amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, airlines all over the world have reduced flights to China, and global companies have restricted employees travel to the country.
Many other countries are trying to evacuate their citizens who are currently in Wuhan, the centre of the epidemic. The possible ban on China flights comes after the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S State Department expanded its travel advisories to cover all of China. The newly identified coronavirus, known as “2019-nCoV,” has created a global alarm. According to scientists, the virus is common in animals and may have been transmitted to humans from a seafood market in Wuhan.