Italy suspends all air connections with China, after confirming its first two cases of coronavirus


The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) has reported on Friday the suspension of all air connections between Italy and China, after the confirmation of two first cases of the new coronavirus in the country.

As detailed by the agency, the planes that were already in flight before the suspension order have been authorized to land at the Rome Fiumicino airport and the Milan Malpensa airport, where the health centers responsible for receiving passengers are located to carry out the necessary controls.

The Italian authority has recommended to all those who have reserved flights to China to contact the airlines and operators with whom they bought the ticket for any information.

In Italy there is a cruise ship from Spain with about 6,000 people on board, who have been quarantined in the port of Civitavecchia, near Rome, due to a possible case of a coronavirus in a passenger.

However, the Italian Ministry of Health has clarified that the initial tests carried out on the cruise passenger who is in quarantine have been negative.

The Italian Government has assured that the preventive measures against the outbreak of the disease will be decided during the Council of Ministers scheduled for this Friday morning.

Fears of contagion of the coronavirus have also caused shipping companies such as MSC or Royal Caribbean and airlines around the world to have decided to temporarily suspend itineraries in the Asian country.

Although China is the epicenter of the outbreak and the most affected country, the coronavirus has already spread to other countries in Southeast Asia and cases have also been detected in Europe and America.

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