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As coronavirus cases spike worldwide, China is closing itself off – CNN, CNN

As coronavirus cases spike worldwide, China is closing itself off – CNN, CNN

Hong Kong (CNN) China is closing its border to most foreigners amid fears of imported novel coronavirus cases causing a second outbreak in the country where the infection was first detected.

In a statement late Thursday , the government said that “in view of the rapid spread of Covid – across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits “as of March .

Anyone wishing to enter the country will have to apply for a new visa at their local Chinese embassy or consulate. The announcement did not say how long this would take.

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