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Malaysia bans travellers from virus-affected area in China


Malaysia bans travellers from virus-affected area in China
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Malaysia's government has announced it will ban travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan and other parts of surrounding Hubei province beginning immediately. A statement issued Monday by the Prime Minister's Department said Malaysia would stop issuing visas for Chinese travelers from those areas.

The statement said the decision was made after consultations with experts and following advice from the World Health Organisation. Normal visa procedures will resume once the "situation returns to normal."

The government also warned people not to spread any false information that might alarm the public. Mongolia's official news agency says the country's Cabinet on Monday closed border crossings with China and suspended university classes to prevent the spread of a new viral disease.

There are no confirmed cases in Mongolia of the coronavirus cases that first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and have now spread to at least a dozen countries. But the Montsame news agency said the Cabinet cited the "high risk" of the disease spreading across the country's southern border.

The Cabinet also ordered public tours, children's playgrounds, and other public activities in the sprawling, sparsely populated North Asian nation to close. The report said border crossings with China were closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

Universities and other higher education institutions were ordered closed until March 2. That followed an earlier order for public schools and kindergartens to close effective Monday through March 2.

Chinese health authorities said the new coronavirus had infected 2,744 people and killed 80 as of midnight Sunday.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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