Singapore's Scoot cancels flight to China's Wuhan over virus outbreak


Posted at Jan 23 2020 12:30 PM

Officials monitor thermal scanners as passengers walk past upon arrival of a flight from Hangzhou, China at Changi Airport, Singapore Jan. 22, 2020. Yiming Woo, Reuters

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines' budget carrier Scoot on Thursday cancelled its daily flight to China's central city of Wuhan, online flight information showed, after authorities locked down the center of a fast-spreading virus outbreak.

The airline did not immediately comment on the cancellation of the 6.55 p.m. (1055 GMT) flight displayed on the website of Singapore's Changi airport.

China is putting on lockdown the city of 11 million considered the epicenter of an outbreak that has killed 17 and infected nearly 600, as global health authorities prepare against a pandemic.

Wuhan's local government said it would shut down urban transport networks and suspend flights from 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) Thursday, state media reported, adding that authorities were urging residents not to leave, except in special circumstances.