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Coronavirus Pandemic: China Bans Entry Of Foreign Nationals As Imported Cases Increase

As several countries across the world are severely hit by the increase in coronavirus infections, China, where the virus first emerged, is trying to restore normalcy after the peak point past. The country recorded a sharp decline in domestic coronavirus cases after a battle that lasted almost three months, however, the new imported cases still pose a threat. 

In a bid to contain the imported coronavirus cases, the country has now banned the entry of foreign nations starting March 27.  All foreigners, including non-nationals with valid visas and residence permits, will be banned from midnight on Friday.

On Friday, mainland China reported its first local coronavirus case in three days and 54 new imported cases. As the domestic cases dwindled, China is now taking stringent measures to restrict the entry of infected foreigners from other countries across the world. Another such step includes reducing the number of international flights and limiting the capacity onboard to 75 per cent.

“Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected,” a ministry statement said on Thursday. “Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.”

While the entire world is battling with global pandemic coronavirus, it’s epicentre China is emerging as a ray of hope as normalcy is returning to the country after months-long deadly fight against the virus. On March 24, China announced that it is ending coronavirus lockdown from Hubei province after almost two months as the country reported just one new domestic infection in three days. 

COVID-19 across the world

Meanwhile, coronavirus, scientifically termed as COVID-19, has claimed as many as 24,914 lives across the world while the number of confirmed cases reached 551,113. While China, the first country to battle the novel virus, is gradually returning to normalcy after a decline in new cases, USA, Italy and Spain are bearing the brunt of the pandemic the most at present. 

With more than 85,755 infections, USA tops the Chart beating China which has 81,340 confirmed cases. Among the worst-hit countries is Italy with 80,589 confirmed cases and 8,215 fatalities, more than double of China’s 3,292. With 4,858 deaths due to the virus, Spain has surpassed China’s figures and has 64,059 confirmed infections to date. As the virus spreads from human-to-human transmissions, governments and health officials have been urging people to self-isolate themselves and avoid social interactions in a bid to contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus. 

(Curated by Priya Pareek)