All direct flights between Taiwan and Wuhan City have been canceled, starting Thursday. China has suspended all public transportation out of Wuhan to help prevent spread of the coronavirus. This includes commercial flights, public buses, trains and river boats.
Taiwan has cancelled 12 weekly round-trip flights. These are operated by two Taiwan carriers — China Airlines (CAL) and Mandarin Airlines — and two Chinese airlines, China Eastern and China Southern.
Taiwan’s national carrier, China Airlines, announced on Thursday that it has cancelled flights to and from Wuhan beginning January 23 through the end of February. It said that it would assist passengers that want to return to Wuhan to fly through other cities. Mandarin Airlines has also decided to cancel all February flights to Wuhan.
Since the outbreak in Wuhan last November of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), China has reported 571 cases and 17 deaths. A few cases have also been reported in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the United States.