DELTA is suspending its daily flight between New York's JFK ariport and Milan Malpensa Airport for two months amid the killer coronavirus outbreak.
The airline announced the drastic measure this afternoon after the Trump administration confirmed it was implementing a heightened travel advisory yesterday.
Their last east-bound flight from JFK to Milan will take off tomorrow, March 2, with the last west-bound flight from Milan departing on Tuesday, March 3.
Service between the two cities will resume on May 1 and May 2, respectively, Delta said, while the Rome to JFK and Atlanta flights will operate as normal.
The US airline said these emergency measures were implemented to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19, battered northern Italy and South Korea over the past few weeks.
A statement posted to their website read: "Delta has put in place numerous processes and mitigation strategies to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns.
"Delta remains in constant contact with the foremost communicable disease experts at the CDC, WHO and local health officials."
The company assured customers they aim to "respond to the coronavirus as well as ensure training, policies, procedures and cabin cleaning and disinfection measures meet and exceed guidelines."
Delta service between the US to Shanghai and Beijing was also suspended until April 30 inkeeping with travel restrictions from the US Health and Human Services.
On February 26, the airline announced its reduced service from here to Seoul, South Korea following the CDC's warning to avoid all unnecessary travel to virus-ridden country.
The carrier will offer a change fee waiver for travelers who want to change their flights from America to South Korea, Italy and China, where the disease first emerged.
Delta made the announcement a day after the first US death was confirmed in Washington state after a man passed away from the insidious disease.
There was also an outbreak at Seattle's Life Care Center in Kirkland where several cases of the deadly coronavirus emerged while 50 others are being tested.
The nursing home is just two miles away from EvergreenHealth Medical Center — where the man in his fifties died from the killer coronavirus.
The first American fatality comes as the virus continues to ravage other countries, with over 87, 400 confirmed cases and nearly 3,000 deaths globally.
Less than 24 hours before the Delta flight was suspended, Vice President Mike Pence, who is overseeing the coronavirus task force, confirmed the Level 4 Travel Advisory was in effect.
During yesterday's press conference, Trump played down the seriousness of the outbreak which is bordering on a pandemic, urging people not to panic.
The president addressed the issue after blasting Democratic critcism of his response as a "hoax" earlier this week.
"You will probably go through and process and you'll be fine," the president said, insisting Dems tried to blame him for the spread of the coronavirus in the US.
Trump described his January decision to prevent travel as the most "aggressive action in modern history" to contain a virus like this.
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