GENEVA, June 13 (Xinhuanet) -- The
World Health Organization (WHO)on Friday lifted its warning
over severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus against
non-essential travel to four Chinese regions, said WHO
spokesman Iain Simpson.
"Effective today the
World Health Organization is removing its recommendation
that people should postpone all but essential travel to
Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and Tianjin regions in
China," a WHO statement said.
The recommendations to
consider postponing non-essential travel to the four regions
were issued on April 23 and May 8, respectively.
"WHO is changing this
recommendation as the situation in these areas has now
improved significantly," the statement said.
Information about the decline
of outbreaks in the four regions has been carefully reviewed
by WHO and "suggests that SARS is no longer a potential
threat to international travelers to these regions."