Foreign Ministry updates China travel advice in light of coronavirus

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Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 24 updated its advice to travellers planning to visit China as concerns grow about the outbreak of a new a dangerous strain of coronavirus.

Official advice on the MFA webpage says: "In connection with the new outbreak of an unknown coronavirus of unknown origin in China, we encourage travelers to carefully read the "Health" section [of the MFA travel app] and follow the media to find out which regions and cities in China are subject to quarantine and travel (entry/exit) restrictions."

The World Health Organization has issued a warning about the outbreak of a new coronavirus of unknown origin in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Information on the coronavirus and the recommendations for preventive measures posted on the website of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Travelers from China who have experienced the symptoms of this infection (fever, breathing difficulties) during or after their return to the country are encouraged to seek medical advice and information about their travel and contacts.

Further information can also be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anyone requiring consular assistance can call the Embassy of Latvia in China on +86 10 853 230 09 or the Consular Department in Riga: +371 26 33 77 11, or email [email protected].

So far more than 80 people are reported to have died from the new strain of virus with that figure expected to rise further in coming days despite the imposition of widespread emergency measures by the Chinese government.

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