Coronavirus: US declares emergency, imposes travel bans on China

Coronavirus: US declares emergency, imposes travel bans on China

- The coronavirus has continued to spread and this prompted the United States to take action

- America announced a public health emergency, temporarily banning foreigners who had recently traveled to China

- US citizens will also be affected, with mandatory 14-day quarantines implemented

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The United States has clamped down amid the coronavirus panic and taken some drastic actions to prevent any further outspread.

In a White House briefing, it was announced that a public health emergency and temporary travel ban would be put into place.

Foreign nationals who had recently been to China would be barred from entering the country. American citizens returning from the province where the disease is suspected of originating would be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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Health Secretary Alex Azar commented on the situation, announcing the new measures would come into effect from Sunday:

"I have today declared that the coronavirus presents a public health emergency in the United States. Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States for this time."

Briefly.co.za reported that the World Health Organization had already declared the outbreak a global emergency, with the current death toll in China rising to 259, with 12 000 total infections noted.

In response to the epidemic, three major US airlines, American, Delta and United all confirmed that they would soon be suspending all flights to China.

Centre of Disease Control official Nancy Messonnier urged the public not to be guided by fear, encouraging the normal precautions for viruses:

"We do not currently recommend the use of facemasks for the general American public. This virus is not spreading in your communities. Please do not assume that just because someone is of Asian descent that they have this new coronavirus."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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