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19/02/2020 - Announcement of the Embassy of Greece in Beijing on the new coronavirus outbreak in China
According to the data provided by the authorities, as of February 19, 2020, 74.279 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in China and 2.006 patients have died. The majority of cases has been reported in Hubei province, notably in the city of Wuhan, which has been the center of the outbreak. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the epidemic as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Following the end of the holiday period after the Chinese New Year, the return of citizens to urban centers and the gradual resumption of business and services, the spread of the epidemic in China is moving to a critical stage.
All travelers, both Chinese and foreigners, intending to arrive in Beijing from other countries or areas outside Beijing Municipality, are advised to pay attention to the new restrictive measures of Beijing Municipal Authorities, that have taken effect as of Monday, February 17 and according to which all the people returning to Beijing are obliged to go through a 14-day observation at home or in designated places upon their arrival, assuming all relevant expenses.
In Beijing additional stringent and restrictive measures are applied, such as controls at city entry and exit points, temperature measurement when entering buildings, compounds, hotels, the subway and public buses, mandatory use of a mask and prevention of public gatherings. Similar restrictive measures will be probably taken in other cities and provinces of China.
Greek citizens who are already in China or intent to travel to China are advised to comply with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) travel instructions and refer to previous Embassy Announcements regarding precautionary measures. Given the new restrictive measures of Beijing Municipality and the fact that Beijing is the main gateway for travelers to China, the Embassy recommends that Greek citizens limit all travel to China to that which is absolutely necessary. In case traveling to China is deemed utmost necessary, Greek citizens are advised to contact the Embassy at , or on (+86)1085325493 and (+86)13911807084.
Greek citizens who wish to return to Greece from China, except those still in Hubei province, can still travel back via commercial flights - albeit with increasing difficulty. Therefore, Greek citizens are encouraged to hasten their decision.
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