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Contiki suspends all its tours in Europe, the Middle East and Asia

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The suspension will end all tours scheduled to depart today until April 30.

“This decision was not taken lightly, but our first priority is and will always be the well-being of our travelers,” the company said in a statement.

“We will personally contact the travelers concerned to help them make a new reservation, free of charge, for a new trip to any destination for a trip at any time in 2020 or 2021, with a full credit of all the sums exchangeable paid against your revised trip with Contiki. “

Contiki has suspended tours of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Contiki has suspended tours of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (Contiki)

Travelers currently on tour with Contiki can continue their tours or return early for prorated travel credit.

For travelers traveling on May 1 for the Middle East, Asia and Europe, Contiki offers exemption from cancellation fees.

All trips to New Zealand, the Americas, Africa and Australia are going as planned.

Contiki said it was implementing additional hygiene protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
How cases of coronavirus have spread around the world since January.
How cases of coronavirus have spread around the world since January. (Graphic: Tara Blancato)

Where does coronavirus come from?

Coronavirus are a large group of viruses that are common in animals and cause illnesses ranging from colds to more serious illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The current outbreak is likely due to people who bought it from a fresh market, also known as the “wet market” in Wuhan, China.

Wuhan supermarket shelves were devoid of supplies when the coronavirus epidemic broke out.
Wuhan supermarket shelves were devoid of supplies when the coronavirus epidemic broke out. (Getty)

Although it is a new strain in humans, it is likely that the virus was transmitted between different animal species and then transferred to humans on the market.

The virus spreads from person to person through small nasal or oral droplets that are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or expires.

These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person and can remain persistent for a few hours or even days.

Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

A nurse examines a newborn baby for jaundice in a private obstetric hospital on February 21, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. (Getty Images) (Getty)

This is why it is important to wear a face mask, keep your hands clean and stay away from an infected person.

How long will the coronavirus epidemic last?

Scientists are still speculating on the duration of the coronavirus.

One answer is until a remedy is developed. So far, there is no vaccine or cure for any coronavirus, including the current COVID-19 virus, and one year is the shortest possible time, with 18 months of the most likely target.

It has also been suggested that the coronavirus may be a seasonal virus and only time will tell if this is the case.

Tips for self-isolation as the coronavirus spreads.
Tips for self-isolation as the coronavirus spreads (New)

Some experts estimate that the epidemic will peak in May this year.

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