US flight attendants ask for responsible suspension of flights to China


MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – The Association of US Flight Assistants (AFA), which represents 50,000 workers from 20 airlines, demanded a clear statement from the Government to the companies, because the State Department began recommending “not to travel to China “for the outbreak of coronavirus.

“The AFA asks for a clear directive from our Government to US airlines to reduce all trips to China to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the union.

The leader also asked the US Government “to work with our airlines to discontinue all services, taking into account the evacuation of the flight crew, and taking into account the service that facilitates the efforts of public health officials to contain the spread of the virus“.
“The coronavirus can be transmitted by infected people who still do not show symptoms, for this reason, it is critical that any potentially infected crew during the trip to and from China is not assigned to any additional flight until it is safe during the incubation period of 14 days, “added the unionist.

Crews, according to their workers, must be protected to meet scheduled flights and must have the means to obtain food and other supplies while remaining out of public contact.

“This is an emergency and our Government must assume a leadership role, in consultation with all interested parties, to end this threat to public health and protect American workers,” Nelson concluded.

On December 31, 2019, China reported on a outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in the city of Wuhan, which was later identified as a new type of coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV.
According to the latest data from the National Health Commission of China, at 0:00 on Friday 31, local time (16:00 GMT on Thursday 30), a total of 9,692 were registered in the continental territory of that country cases, including 213 deaths.

The total number of people suspected of being infected at that time amounted to 15,238.
In the “special administrative regions” of Hong Kong and Macao, as well as in the province of Taiwan, there are 28 people infected, according to the agency.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also reported in its latest report, published on Thursday, that there are 82 confirmed cases outside of China, in a total of 18 countries, with no deaths recorded.

WHO decreed an international emergency for the spread of the new coronavirus, although it did not recommend restricting the movement of people or goods in relation to the outbreak.


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