Reportedly, the Trump administration is considering a temporary ban on all flights from China to the US in response the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.
CNBC reported late Tuesday that White House officials held a conference call with airline officials and said a suspension of all China-US flights is on the table as an option. CNBC reported that was one of a variety of responses being considered.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a press conference: “In terms of travel restrictions . . . it’s important to not take anything off the table with a rapidly emerging novel infectious disease.”
On Tuesday, the US State Department warned travelers to “reconsider” travelling anywhere in China amid the outbreak, which has sickened at least 6,000 people and killed more than 130.
According to marketwatch.com, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also expanded screening for the virus to 20 US airports, up from five.
United Airlines said Tuesday it was cancelling dozens of flights to Hong Kong and mainland China, and Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said they will waive fees to allow travelers to reschedule trips to China.