PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia has released a travel advisory, advising all Malaysians to defer all non-essential travel to Wuhan and other areas that may be affected by the Coronavirus.

“Malaysians residing or travelling in the affected areas are advised to give utmost priority to their personal health and safety by taking precautionary measures and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities,“ the ministry said in a statement today.

This follows developments from Wuhan that all outbound travel from the district is suspended, and all flights from Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan have also been suspended.

Meanwhile, the New York Times updates that China authorities enacted strict travel bans for the central Chinese cities of Huanggang, Ezhou and Wuhan, collectively home to nearly 20 million people. It said that the virus has already affected people across the globe in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the United States.