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Coronavirus causes 62 countries to control entry of Chinese citizens

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A Hubei resident arrives at Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, Jan 31, 2020. The first charter flight sent by the Chinese government to bring home stranded Hubei residents from overseas arrived in Wuhan Friday evening. Photo/Xinhua

China’s Foreign Ministry reminded Chinese citizens to make reasonable travel arrangements according to their own health conditions and be aware of entry regulations of their destination countries as up to 62 countries have enforced restrictions of Chinese citizens entering their countries.

In some cases, stranded healthy people are also forbidden to leave the country they are in, like in the case of two British girls who work in Wuhan because of the travel ban and flight cancellations.

China’s coronavirus outbreak cost more than 1 trillion yuan ($144 billion) in losses to the restaurant, tourism and movie industries in seven days of the Lunar New Year holiday, economists estimated.

In the worst-case scenario, assuming the epidemic lasts longer than expected, 2020 growth could slow to 5% from 6.1% in 2019, estimated Ren Zeping, chief economist and director of the Evergrande Think Tank.

Many airlines across three continents in Europe, Asia and North America are or have already cancelled g flights to and from China as the novel coronavirus continues it spread across China and the globe.

Chinese authorities have shut down travel in and out of Wuhan and enacted similar, strict transportation restrictions in a number of other cities.

China has meanwhile vowed to work with the international community to uphold regional and international health security, and reiterated it has the confidence and capability to win the battle against the novel coronavirus epidemic.

As the death toll and infected victims in China and around the globe mounts, China’s top envoy to the United Nations, Zhang Jun has also called on the international community to exhibit “solidarity” in dealing with the outbreak.

Addressing a news gathering at UN headquarters in New York, Zhang said the WHO recommendations “should be seriously considered” and “there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade”.

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