From March 28, China will introduce a temporary ban on entry into the country of foreigners with valid Chinese visas and residence permits. Thus, the Chinese authorities want to prevent the entry of coronavirus carriers into the country.
China introduces a temporary ban on entry into the country of foreigners with valid Chinese visas and residence permits.
The new rules will enter into force at midnight on March 28, the State Migration Service said.
This decision was made “in view of the rapid spread of a new epidemic of coronavirus throughout the world,” the statement said.
The ban does not apply to several types of visas, including diplomatic and official ones.
“The Chinese side will adjust the above measures in accordance with the epidemic situation with the help of separate announcements,” the department said.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China (Hubei Province), where more than 11 million people live. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
To curb the spread of infection, the Chinese authorities imposed strict quarantine measures in January, 13 cities in Hubei were actually blocked. March 25, restrictions began to be lifted.
Xinhua News Agency, citing data from the State Committee for Health Affairs of the PRC, reported on March 28 that the country had been recorded over the past 24 hours. 55 new cases of coronavirus infection, of them 54 were imported from abroad. One new local case of the disease occurred in Zhejiang Province.
A total of 81,340 cases have been confirmed COVID-19, 74 588 patients were cured, 3292 people died. Authorities believe that 595 people out of the total number of cases entered the country infected.
Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post writes that in a week 16–On March 22, only 233 new cases were registered in China, while in other countries – 166 thousand. This is comparable to the spread of infection in China in early February, the newspaper notes.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University, on March 27, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 550 thousand, of which 25 035 people died, more than 127 thousand recovered.