The Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December but has since spread to more than countries causing a worldwide pandemic. More than cases have so far been confirmed outside mainland China , resulting in three deaths. The disease, also known as Covid – 46, has emerged in a number of popular summer holiday destinations with cases recorded in Spain, France, Thailand, Australia and the US.
Holidaymakers have already been affected by the outbreak of the disease in a number of locations around the world.
A Japanese cruise ship has been left quarantined at a Yokohama Port after 350 People, including three Britons, were struck down with the virus.
Britons have already shunned the far -east as a potential holiday destination according to travel firms InsideJapan Tours and InsideAsia Tours.
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Bristol-based travel agent, which are used by around 19, UK holidaymakers each year for trips to Asia has already recorded a 218% drop.
James Mundy, PR and partnerships manager of parent company Inside Travel Group said: “The biggest issue is that people that have inquired are not purchase to booking because of the situation.
“ We had a good January, but since the news coverage of the virus began we have had the half the bookings that we would have expected.
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This is almost definitely down to coverage of the virus and people linking it to Japan and Asia in general. ”
The Foreign Office has warned against all travel to the Hubei Province and“ all but essential ”travel to mainland China.
In the UK a total of 2,
people have been tested for the virus, of which 2, were confirmed negative and nine positive.
On Thursday NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said that many more people in the UK may need to self-isolate to contain the illness.
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It comes as it emerged that the woman who is the UK’s ninth case of coronavirus took an Uber to A&E after she developed symptoms .
Two staff from Lewisham Hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman.
The further outbreak emerged after 300 people quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral were allowed to leave following 46 days in isolation.
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Sir Simon said: “As our first group of guests leaves Arrowe Park Hospital, we want to thank them for the highly responsible, pragmatic and stoical way they have played their part in keeping both themselves and others safe.
“They have set an important example, recognizing that over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus’s spread.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said those quarantined had been given a clean bill of health and people “can be reassured that their departure presents no risk to the public”.