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Coronavirus Update - Safe to Travel

A message from Congress President Assoc Prof Julie Miller regarding the coronavirus – safe to travel.

Dear Colleagues,

With just four weeks until AsAES 2020, we are ready to welcome you to beautiful Melbourne.

Our Organising Committee would like to reassure delegates in regard to the coronavirus outbreak, centred in Wuhan, 8200km away.

We do not anticipate this event will impact our Congress in any way, except for the possible absence of our colleagues from mainland China, who may not be permitted to travel.

The Situation in Australia:

Australia, a country of 25 million people, has only 12 cases of novel coronavirus, all in people who have just returned from mainland China, and no new cases in the last three days. The Australian Government has implemented a travel ban between mainland China and all Australian ports.  In addition, China itself instituted appropriate regional travel bans early in this event. At present it appears the spread of the virus outside mainland China is being successfully contained.

As such, AsAES2020 will proceed as planned, and we anticipate a wonderful Congress. 

Travel Advice:

The World Health Organization has not advised travel restrictions regarding Australia or other Asian counties aside from Mainland China. Of course, we recommend you do not travel if you have a fever or other symptoms of illness.

Further information:

We will monitor the situation closely. We are in contact with the Health Department and government officials to keep abreast of developments. Should the situation change, we will notify you immediately, but for now we look forward to welcoming you to AsAES2020.

You may find the following website useful for up to date information: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.

Please also refer to your country’s official government website/s for local advice.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

A/Professor Julie Miller
Congress President
Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Melbourne, 2020