WUHAN VIRUS: THE WORLD'S RESPONSE

China's nervous neighbours shut borders, impose travel curbs to prevent spread of Wuhan virus

Passengers arriving from Guangzhou waiting in line at immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Jan 22. The Philippines has cancelled direct flights to Wuhan and stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals. Flights
Passengers arriving from Guangzhou waiting in line at immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Jan 22. The Philippines has cancelled direct flights to Wuhan and stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals. Flights to other parts of China continue under tight watch.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Flight attendants from Taiwan's China Airlines wearing protective masks at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan last Thursday.
Flight attendants from Taiwan's China Airlines wearing protective masks at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan last Thursday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A woman entering the casino of the New Orient Landmark Hotel in Macau on Jan 22 getting her temperature checked.
A woman entering the casino of the New Orient Landmark Hotel in Macau on Jan 22 getting her temperature checked.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

North Korea and Russia among those that have taken measures; China's approach draws mixed response from epidemic experts

Several of China's 14 neighbours have banned inbound Chinese tourists and taken other measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, which has infected more than 9,000 people worldwide.

North Korea, which is economically reliant on China for tourists, trade and investment, was the first neighbouring country to ban Chinese tourist arrivals. The ban went into effect on Jan 22.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 02, 2020, with the headline 'Nervous neighbours shut borders, impose travel curbs '. Print Edition | Subscribe