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Coronavirus - Latest News: 24 April 09:00

Wendy Wu Tours defers all tours departing between 23 March and 31 July 2020

Our customers’ safety and wellbeing is our number one priority, therefore effective from 23 March, Wendy Wu Tours is deferring all tours and tailormade holidays up until 31 July 2020.

There is no need to call us right now. Our team are working through contacting clients in departure date order.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times.

Special Terms and Conditions for Wendy Wu Tours. Effective 23 March 2020

Tours departing to 31 July 2020

If you have booked a group tour or tailor-made holiday departing between 23 March and 31 July 2020 you will receive a Refund Credit Note of 100% of monies paid. This will be automatically applied to your booking and we will be in touch via email with confirmation of this.

This Refund Credit Note (RCN) is financially protected by ABTA and must be redeemed before 31 January 2021. You can use this credit towards an alternative holiday with a departure date on or before 31 December 2022.

We have been working hard behind the scenes negotiating the best rates for your next holiday and we are seeing strong demand already for 2021 holidays which will be bookable at 2020 prices with us.

Airfares held in credit are bound by each specific airline’s different terms and conditions. We will be in contact to discuss these options with you, should they apply.

During this busy time, in order to provide you with the best possible service, we kindly ask you to contact us via email Operations@wendywutours.co.uk if you have any queries, or to discuss amending your booking.

There is no need to call us right now. However, if it is extremely urgent please only call us if you were due to depart in the next 5 days.

Tours departing from 1-31 August 2020

If you are booked on a tour departing between 1-31 August 2020 and wish to amend your booking to switch to a different date or destination, Wendy Wu Tours will waive normal amendment fees. Changes may be made up to one month before departure and non-recoverable costs (for example visa fees or flight amendment charges) will be payable by the customer.

If you wish to cancel your tour our standard booking conditions apply.

Tours departing after 31 August 2020

For tours departing after 31 August, normal booking conditions apply.

Update 9 March, 10:00

Lowest number of daily new cases so far in China

The National Health and Medical Commission in China has reported 40 new cases of the Coronavirus as of midnight last night, the lowest daily total since records began.

36 of those 40 cases were reported in Wuhan with the remaining four, travellers from Iran, meaning no new infections in all of the remaining provinces outside of Hubei.

The government has monitored the situation carefully and continues to gradually re-open tourist attractions. Over a third of national scenic areas are now open and more attractions are expected to open in the near future.

Update 7 March, 18:00

Coronavirus vaccine expected in April

The National Health and Medical Commission in China has confirmed that the new vaccine will arrive in April and, once regulated, will be effective for clinical and emergency use.

Speaking at a special press conference on 6 March, experts from the NHMC advised that the vaccine is in final testing stages and is advancing rapidly.

The vaccine is being developed by Major General SAIC Chancellor Chen Wei, China's top epidemiologist and virologist. Chen is widely credited for her contribution in both the SARS and Ebola outbreaks.

Update 6 March, 13:00

World Health Organization praises the global efforts being taken to control the spread of COVID-19

Speaking at the WHO media briefing on 5 March, Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the WHO, said: “This epidemic can be pushed back, but only with a collective, coordinated and comprehensive approach that engages the entire machinery of government. We are seeing this in operation now and are calling on every country to keep on acting with speed, scale and clear-minded determination.”

In its latest report the WHO summarises the current global statistics as follows:

Today WHO has launched a new social media campaign ‘Be Ready for COVID-19’, which urges people to be safe, smart and informed.

Update: 2 March 12:00

Update: 27 February 09:00

Update: 24 February 17:00

Update: 23 February 11:00

Update: 20 February 10:30

Update: 19 February 14.30

Update: 11 February 2020, 12:00
  • China announces drop in new cases for third straight day

    China has announced a drop in new cases from the coronavirus outbreak for a third consecutive day. On Sunday, authorities reported 2,009 new cases and 142 more deaths nationwide. New cases spiked earlier in the week after a change in the way they were counted but have been falling ever since.

    Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that along with a drop in infections within Hubei there had also been a rapid increase in the number of people who had recovered.

    On Saturday, World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Beijing' response to the outbreak.

Update: 15 February 11:00

  • New crown pneumonia vaccines have entered experimental testing stage

    The China Health and Medical Commission today announced that some of the new crown pneumonia vaccines have entered the experimental testing stage. “The safety of vaccines is first and foremost, researchers need to give time to develop safe and effective vaccine products. ”

     

Update: 14 February 12:00
  • Coronavirus outbreak estimated to peak in Wuhan mid-late February 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan could peak in mid-to-late-February if the basic reproduction number (R0) of the virus continues to vary as it has in Wuhan, according to preliminary new estimates from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Update: 13 February 09:30

  • The number of deaths and infections reported as caused by the coronavirus in China has risen after authorities changed the way they calculate the figures. Hubei has started using a broader definition to diagnose people - which accounts for most of the rise in cases.

    The province - which accounts for more than 80% of overall Chinese infections - now includes "clinically diagnosed cases" in the number of confirmed cases. This means it includes those showing symptoms, and having a CT scan showing an infected lung, rather than relying only on the standard nucleic acid tests.

Update: 12 February 10:35

  • No new countries reported cases of the virus in the last 24 hours (as at 10:00am on 12 February 2020)

    The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Chinese mainland outside Hubei province has been decreasing for seven consecutive days (as reported by the National Health Commission) confirming that more patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals due to improved treatment. A total of 381 new confirmed cases were reported outside Hubei on the 10th February, compared with 444 on Sunday 9th February and 890 on February 3rd. In total 2,478 new confirmed cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Monday, compared with 3,062 on Sunday

    In Beijing, the city's number of new infections has been on the decline since reaching a peak of around 30 on Feb 2; that's a 10-day trend downward.

    The World Health Organization is currently convening a global research and innovation forum in Geneva to mobilise international action in response to the coronavirus. This will fast-track the development and evaluation of effective diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines

Update: 11 February 2020, 12:00

  • Andrew Marr speaks to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, on Coronavirus.

    Find out exactly how China are controlling the virus and how it will finally be beaten.

    BBC1 The Andrew Marr Show – Sunday 9th February 2020

 

Update: 10 February 10:45

  • World Health Organization confirms coronavirus cases are stabilising and peak is imminent

    The number of coronavirus cases being reported on a daily basis in China is stabilising, confirmed the World Health Organization on Sunday 9 February.

    The health agency advises this is good news and represents a significant turning point in the curtailment of the virus. Whilst reports would suggest that the virus is peaking the WHO advised that it would need to assess the case data over the next five to seven days to confirm this. Commenting on the latest reports, Michael Ryan, head of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme said “There has been a stabilisation in the number of cases reported from Hubei and we’re now in a four-day stable period where the number of reported cases hasn't advanced.”

    WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also reinforced the message that the number of reported cases is stabilising, reflecting the impact of the control measures that have been put in place.

    As it stands the total number of people who have fully recovered form the virus is 3,466 – a figure which is nearly four times higher than the current mortality rate.

    Overall the fatality rate remains at 2% compared to SARS which had a fatality rate of 9.6% and MERS at 37.2%.

    It must also be noted that the current mortality rate is 910 whereas in 2019, influenza was responsible for 57,300 deaths around the world and infected over 41.3 million people.

Update: 9 February 08:45

  • As of midnight on 8 Feb, the China National Health Commission had received 37,198 reports of confirmed cases and 811 deaths and in all 2,649 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

    There still remained 33,738 confirmed cases (including 6,188 in serious condition) and 28,942 suspected cases. So far, 371,905 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 188,183 are now under medical observation.

Update: 8 February 11:00

  • "For more than four-in-five, this is a mild infection."

    James Gallagher - The BBC Health & Science correspondent stated this morning "This is the clearest detail we have had on the spectrum of disease this coronavirus can cause. It is good news for most people and emphasises that for more than four-in-five, this is a mild infection."

Update: 8 February 09:30

  • As of 24:00 on Feb 7, the National Health Commission had received 34,546 reports of confirmed cases and 722 deaths and in all 2,050 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

    There still remained 31,774 confirmed cases (including 6,101 in serious condition) and 27,657 suspected cases. So far, 345,498 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 189,660 are now under medical observation.

Update: 7 February 15:30

  • Drop in new Coronavirus cases is cautious good news

    A drop in the number of new Coronavirus cases for two days is good news, says the director general of the World Health Organization. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the numbers could go up again, but the last two days were showing a declining trend.

    At the Science Media Centre, Paul Hunter, professor in Medicine at the University of East Anglia, reported that over the last two days we have actually seen the first of two consecutive declines in the number of new cases.

Update: 7 February 09:30

  • As of 24:00 on Feb 6, the National Health Commission had received 31,161 reports of confirmed cases and 636 deaths in 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and in all 1,540 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

    There still remained 28,985 confirmed cases (including 4,821 in serious condition) and 26,359 suspected cases. So far, 314,028 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 186,045 are now under medical observation.

Update: 6 February 10:30

  • Recovery rates continue to rise. Latest figures are: 28, 339 reported cases of which there have been 565 deaths and 1,322 fully recovered.

    The national mortality rate is stable at 2.1% (at the beginning of the epidemic it was 2.3%) showing a decline. Whilst the number of reported cases has risen in the last two days, the speed of spread is plateauing indicating that the virus is being contained and is approaching its peak.

Update: 5 February 09:00

  • As of midnight on 4 Feb, the National Health Commission had received 24,324 reports of confirmed cases and 490 deaths on the Chinese mainland, and in all 892 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital. There still remained 23,260 suspected cases and 3,219 patients in serious condition.

    So far, 252,154 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 185,555 are now under medical observation. On Feb 4, 18,457 people were freed from observation.

Update: 4 February 15:00

  • Coronavirus expected to peak around Saturday 8 February

    Commenting on this breaking news, Wendy Wu, founder of Wendy Wu Tours said: “We have the latest update from Dr Zhong Nanshan, the leading doctor spearheading the elimination of coronavirus, that the virus is expected to peak around February 8th and then the speed of the virus spread will subside. In addition, full immunisation is expected within weeks rather than months.”

Update: 4 February 10:30

  • Virus recoveries are exceeding mortality figures

    The number of people having totally recovered from Coronavirus is exceeding mortality rates by a considerable margin. Figures released by the World Health Organisation show that there have been 427 mortality cases and 730 cases of total recovery.

    Yesterday three patients were discharged in Beijing having made a full recovery without the need for medical intervention. Patients made a full recovery via their own immune systems.

4 February 2020, 09:30

  • Medical experts are on the verge of creating formula to rapidly detect and suppress Coronavirus

    Zhang Yanjun, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Inspection, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention has made the remarkable discovery on how the virus invades the body, how it multiplies, how it makes people sick and exactly how the virus is discharged to infect people. The whole lifecycle and gestation process has now been formally identified and tracked.

    Given this extraordinary breakthrough, medics at the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention can now focus on the corresponding drugs and vaccines for the prevention, suppression and treatment of the virus.

    Medics also expect that they are close to developing reagents for the rapid detection of the virus. It now takes three hours to test a case however with rapid test reagents, results will be produced in less than 15 minutes.

Update: 3 February 14:30

  • Dr Li Lanjuan announced that three complete sets of corona virus have now been separated and isolated in a Chinese medical lab and that immunisation will be ready in a matter of weeks. In addition research groups from Germany, UK, USA and Australia are working around the clock to finalise the immunisation.

    There are 45 new fatalities today, all in Wuhan, with 85 people being cured. The total number of fatalities since the virus began is 305 with the total number of people having recovered being 385. This is now the second consecutive day when the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of fatalities.

    Today 20 patients left hospital following a total recovery and constituting the largest number of patients released on the same day. The 14 medical staff who caught the virus from a brain surgery patient, during surgery pre-diagnosis, have all recovered and been released from hospital. This case gave light to the fact that the virus can be passed on from human to human, but only by close contact such as through saliva, sneezing and coughing.

Update: 3 February 2020, 09:00

  • China completes hospital build in record-breaking eight days.

    The first patients have now arrived at China’s new, state-of-the-art, 1000 bed hospital in Wuhan. Construction work started on the Huoshenshan hospital on 23 January, finishing eight days later.

    It’s taken 7,500 people to complete the build with, at the build’s peak, over 6,000 builders occupying the site, amassing over 24 hours of uninterrupted construction.

    The designer, CITIC Architectural Design Institute, contracted more than 60 employees in Han, working overtime day and night, to complete the site. The initial levelling design was completed in five hours, the complete design plan completed within 24 hours, with all construction plans completed within 60 hours.

    A second hospital with 1,500 beds is also under construction in the city and is due to open soon.

Update: 2 February 08:00

  • The number of confirmed cases climbed to 14,380 as of Saturday at midnight, including 304 deaths, data released by the Chinese National Health Commission on Sunday morning showed.

    There were also 4,562 new suspected cases reported, increasing the total suspected infections on the Chinese mainland to 19,544.

    While a total of 2,110 patients remain in serious condition, 328 people have been released from hospitals after being cured, the commission said. A total of 137,594 people that have had close contact with infected patients are still under medical observation, while 8,044 such people were released from observation

Update: 1 February 08:00

  • The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus climbed to 11,791 as of midnight of Jan 31, including 259 deaths and 243 who had recovered and been discharged from the hospital, according to the National Health Commission.

    A total of 17, 988 suspected cases were reported as of Friday. At present, 136,987 close contacts of confirmed cases had been tracked, and among them, 118,478 are under medical observation while 6,509 such people were freed from observation on Friday.

Update: 31 January 09:10

  • World Health Organization (WHO) praises Chinese government at the highest level for containing the virus

    The WHO has congratulated the Chinese government for their leadership, commitment to transparency, and the extraordinary efforts they have made to contain the virus. The committee praised China and the progress they have made to protect Chinese citizens as well as the global community. They quickly identified the virus and shared its findings so that other countries could diagnose it quickly and protect themselves, which has resulted in the rapid development of diagnostic tools.

    China has taken a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to prevent further spread including daily contact with the WHO. It has also taken public health measures in other cities and provinces; is conducting studies on the severity and transmissibility of the virus, and sharing data and biological material. The country has also agreed to work with other countries who need their support. The measures China has taken are good not only for China but also for the rest of the world.

    Given the unprecedented measures China has taken to isolate and control the virus, the WHO confirms that it is now possible to interrupt virus spread, provided that countries put in place strong measures to detect it early, isolate and treat cases and trace contacts.

Update: 30 January 12:00

  • As of midnight 29 Jan, China’s National Health Commission confirmed that there are 7,711 confirmed cases of the virus. A total of 170 people have died of the disease, 1,370 patients remained in acritical condition and there are a further 4,456 suspected cases. 124 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery. A total of 88,693 close contacts had been traced with 81,947 still under medical observation , 2,364 of whom were discharged from medical observation on Jan 29.

Update: 29 January 2020, 17:00

  • Wendy was a guest speaker on BBC World News and the BBC Business Show giving her commentary on the Coronavirus situation.
 

Update: 29 January 2020, 14:00

  • As of midnight on 28 January, the National Health Commission have received a total of 4,515 confirmed cases of the virus. This figure includes 1,239 severe cases and 132 deaths. 103 cases have since been treated and discharged from hospital having completely recovered. There are a further 6,973 suspected cases under quarantine. A total of 65,537 close contacts have been tracked, of which 59,990 people are undergoing medical observation, and 1,604 people were released today after test showing negative of the virus.

Update: 28 January 2020, 16:00

  • Wendy gives us an update on the latest report from Dr Zhong Nanshan, the medical expert behind the speed elimination of SARS and the leading doctor on the current Coronavirus.
 

Update 28 January, 08:30

  • As of midnight on 27 January, the National Health Commission confirmed a total of 4,515 cases of the virus. This figure includes 976 severe cases as well as 106 deaths. 60 cases have since been discharged from hospital having completely recovered. There are a further 6,973 suspected cases.
  • Medics are controlling the escalation, evidenced in the fact that 47,833 people, deemed as being in close contact with the virus, have now been tracked. 44,132 members of this group are receiving medical treatment, with 914 members of this group released on the same day.
  • The virus has been successfully identified, separated and isolated.
  • Medical tests can now accurately detect and report on the virus within three hours.
  • The immunisation is expected to be developed in the lab within 30 days. Once developed it will then be field tested, then mass produced and released to the affected area with overall completion expected in 2 months.
  • Xiehe Hospital in Wuhan has successfully treated 11 virus patients and released them, with all being completely clear of infection.
  • Two hospitals are being built, each with 1000 beds, in order to provide a full quarantine facility

Update 27 January, 09:00

  • As of midnight on 26 January, the National Health Commission had received a total of 2,744 confirmed cases, including 80 cases of mortality (the mortality rate is 2.9% among patients. It is a level 2 contagious disease, much lower than SARS and Ebola, both of which are level 1), and 51 cases of total recovery.
  • The majority of the mortality cases are elderly patients, of an Asian ethnicity who have recently travelled to or live in Wuhan.
  • The virus is passed on by saliva, at close contact. 

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