United extends ban on flights to China, Hong Kong

United extends ban on flights to China, Hong Kong
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United Airlines is extending its ban on flights to mainland China and Hong Kong over concerns of coronavirus, the airline announced Wednesday. 

The flights to Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai, as well as Hong Kong, will be suspended until April 24, according to the announcement

“We will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate our schedule as we remain in close contact with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and other public health experts around the globe,” United said in a statement. 

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Earlier this month the airline had suspended flights through Feb. 20. 

Delta Air Lines previously suspended flights to China through April 30 and American Airlines had suspended flights to Hong Kong through April 23 and mainland China through April 24.

All travelers to the Hubei Province of China, where the virus originated, are considered high-risk by the CDC and are subject to a 14-day quarantine. 

The CDC confirmed the 14th case of coronavirus in the U.S. on Wednesday, in California. The patient had been under a federal quarantine because of their recent return to the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight that arrived last week.