Canada issues travel advisories about COVID-19 including S.Korea, Italy and Iran
Feb. 29, 2020
Global Korean Post
Cases of COVID-19 were first reported in Wuhan, China, but have since been reported in other locations around the world.
As of Feb. 26, the government of Canada upgraded its travel advisory for South Korea and Northern Italy to Level 2 (Practise special precautions) since after first publication in end of February.
COVID-19 can spread from person to person, and in South Korea cases have been confirmed in all provinces and sustained community spread of the virus is being reported. This means it is unknown how or where some people became infected, and the spread is ongoing.
The risk to travellers is particularly high in the areas of Daegu and Cheongdo. These areas have reported widespread community transmission of the virus. Travellers may choose to avoid non-essential travel to these areas.
Available information indicates that older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing severe disease. Those travellers may want to consider postponing travel due to control measures implemented in certain parts of the country that could potentially impact access to timely health care.
The following geographic areas are identified as affected areas:
- China (mainland)
- Hong Kong
- South Korea