Published: Thu, February 06, 2020
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Hong Kong asks PH to let OFWs return amid coronavirus scare

Hong Kong asks PH to let OFWs return amid coronavirus scare

The Hong Kong resident who died on Tuesday had been kept in an isolation ward after the coronavirus was confirmed last week.

Meanwhile, aviation research consultancy OAG said on Monday that 25000 flights to and from China have been cancelled by over 30 global airlines, resulting in a sharp drop in the worldwide capacity.

The air carrier has cut 90 percent of its flights to mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has sickened more than 20,000 people and killed more than 400, including one person in Hong Kong.

The last flight to Hong Kong will be February 5 and the last eastbound flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco will be February 7.

Faced with a growing number of infected people, African airlines are no longer serving China, as are several airlines such as AIr France-KLM (until February 9), American Airlines (January 31 to March 27), Qatar Airways (from February 3).

Amid the growing fear over the coronavirus outbreak, almost 40 airlines worldwide have cut about 25,000 flights to, from or within China compared with two weeks ago.

It started as a trickle, with the likes of United Airlines announcing it would cut back some China flights.

In a nationwide address, Mr. Jacobs said the passengers on board the vessel that was denied entry to St. Lucia, Dominica as well as Antigua and Barbuda, pose no threat to the island and did not have the deadly novel coronavirus. Demand from China to Germany fell because of the production shutdown, the spokesman said.

"As Carrie Lam refused to close the border, more (deaths) might come.We are not threatening the government, we just want to prevent the outbreak", said Cheng, a 26-year-old nurse attending the strike.

Sources had said that the Chinese consul general and other officials welcomed the passengers upon arrival at the airport.

Once most Chinese factories resume production, dedicated cargo carriers like United Parcel Service Inc, FedEx Corp and DHL are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of any surge in demand, said Helane Becker, an analyst at Cowen.

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