FAS countries preparing for coronavirus

There is an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019. (Photo courtesy CDC)

As of today, Jan. 28, there have been no confirmed reports of coronavirus in the Micronesian region, but national governments are bracing for the possible entry of the disease.

As a precaution, national governments are implementing stricter border monitoring measures and flight restrictions for travelers coming from countries with confirmed cases of the disease.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands, for one, has already barred its citizens from traveling to China. But if travel to China cannot be postponed, the traveler must spend at least 14 days in a country not affected by the coronavirus before being allowed to return to the Marshall Islands.

Meanwhile, in Palau, the nation’s Ministry of Health and border control agencies have been ordered to screen travelers — with travel history to Wuhan —- at its ports of entry.

According to media reports, the Palau government has also started barring charter flights from Hong Kong and Macau in light of the continuing threat of coronavirus in the region.