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Taiwan bans entry of all Chinese nationals as Wuhan virus surges

ROC Central News Agency

02/05/2020 11:09 PM

Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) All Chinese nationals will be denied entry into Taiwan beginning Thursday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China jumped past 20,000.

In addition, all arriving passengers who have traveled recently to China, Hong Kong or Macau, will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day home quarantine, the center said.

Those who receive advance approval to enter Taiwan from Hong Kong and Macau will also be required to conduct self-health management for 14 days, the center said.

To date, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has claimed 493 lives in China and one in the Philippines, according to the latest statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

There have been 24,554 confirmed cases across the globe as of late Wednesday, 24,352 of which have occurred in China, WHO statistics show.

(By Christie Chen)

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