China suspends all flights to and from UK indefinitely

China will suspend direct flights to and from the United Kingdom indefinitely over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, Wang Wenbin, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

“After much consideration, China has decided to take reference from other countries and suspend flights to and from UK,” Wang told reporters at a daily briefing.

On Monday Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said Chinese scientists were paying close attention to British and European scientific organisations and reiterated the need to be vigilant against the risk of imported cases.

“We need to pay close attention to the transmission situation of this [new strain of the] virus in Europe and Britain, and also need to take our supervision of our protection measures to a higher level,” he said.