In its recent directive on the prevention and combat of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel virus originated from China’s Wuhan province, the CAV ordered airlines to not conduct regular flights and require additional licences for flights from Vietnam to China’s affected regions.

Flights from and to affected areas in China must be restricted, the CAV said.

The administration requested airports to step up inspection and coordinate with relevant agencies to carry out plans to prevent and cope with a possible virus outbreak.

It asked the air transport department to suspend the approval of new flights from Vietnam to China’s affected areas and vice versa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus spreading quickly across China a global health emergency./.