THOUSANDS of Brits face having their holiday plans ruined by coronavirus as it continues to spread across Europe as British Airways cancel flights to bug-ravaged Italy.
The UK government has advised against “all but essential travel” to 10 towns in the north of Italy, primarily in the Lombardy region, this is set to be expanded to more regions as the virus spreads.
Travel and Tourism bosses in Spain are extremely worried about the situation and are watching it carefully. Spain relies heavily on the money tourists bring in to the country and this epidemic could cause a collapse of the market resulting in massive job losses throughout Spain.
The crisis continues to grow in Europe as Spain, France, Croatia, Austria and Switzerland have all recorded new cases this week and Greece, North Macedonia and Georgia all recorded their first cases.
The World Health Organization said yesterday that the virus is now spreading faster outside China. According to travel experts, the outbreak could cost airlines around the world £23billion.
British companies are already suggesting employees reconsider whether personal or professional travel to certain countries is necessary in the current climate.