Covid-19 update: Refunds from airlines big in SA; Italy locks down in the face of coronavirus

Several international airlines are offering free ticket changes as concern spreads over the possible spread of coronavirus.

Covid-19 update: Refunds from airlines big in SA; Italy locks down in the face of coronavirus

Several international airlines are offering free ticket changes as concern spreads over the possible spread of coronavirus. 

These airlines include British Airways, Qatar and Emirates. 

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has enforced a nationwide lockdown as its number of coronavirus cases rose past 9,100 and the death toll jumped to 463. 

This makes Italy the worst-affected country outside China.

Conte also cancelled all sports gatherings across the country, urging citizens to keep the common good at the top of mind and help control the spread of the coronavirus. 

Seven people have been diagnosed with the virus in South Africa, which was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in January. 

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said they all formed part of the group of ten South Africans who returned from Italy at the beginning of March.

A number of international airlines, with a large South African client base, are now offering free ticket changes due to Covid-19 

A number of international airlines, including British Airways, Qatar and Emirates, are now offering consumers free cancellations or flight changes in light of coronavirus.

This as several international companies have cancelled corporate travel, while global events such as Barcelona’s mobile world congress, and creative conference SXSW in Texas, United States, have been cancelled.

While several airlines have cancelled routes to China due to the virus, Ethiopian Airlines has faced criticism for not cancelling flights or not offering refunds.