China reports 67 new imported coronavirus cases, no local infections

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 27, 2020

China on Thursday announced a temporary ban on entry of foreigners holding valid visas or residence permits and drastically cut global flights in a bid to prevent a second wave of infections amid a surge in the number of imported cases in the country.

It noted foreigners with residence permits and visa liberalization will also be temporarily suspended but foreign missions' workers are excluded from the restriction.

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has chose to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0:00 a.m. on March 28, 2020, a statement jointly released by Chinese Foreign Ministry and the National Immigration Administration said.

Foreigners holding any type of visa or residence permit will be denied entry apart from those with diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas.

In a statement quoted by Newsweek, the ministry said: "The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries".

In another move aimed at curbing the virus from being brought into the country, the civil aviation authority said foreign airlines will be allowed to operate just one route per week from Sunday.

The financial hub of Shanghai reported the most cases with 18, while the number of imported cases in Beijing has declined from a record 31 on Monday to fewer than 10 for the following two days.

As the number of China's reported domestic COVID-19 cases has dwindled, it has had to contend with imported infections from recent overseas arrivals.

However, it's worth noting that the vast majority of these cases do not involve foreign nationals.

The announcement comes after a spike in imported coronavirus cases in the country this week, prompting the authorities to implement new controls to prevent a resurgence of infections.

Italy, China, Iran, and Spain continue to be the countries hardest hit.

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