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The US and Australia have placed restrictions on flights from China

An attempt to bump up border security due to the coronavirus outbreak

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With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, more countries are implementing new rules to try and curb it. The BBC reports that the US and Australia have now announced travel restrictions on flights arriving from China. For the time being, both countries will allow entry for citizens, immediate family of citizens and permanent residents – all foreign visitors coming from China will be temporarily denied entry.

Individuals returning to the US from Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, are to be quarantined for 14 days, while citizens returning from other regions of China will be asked to self-quarantine for the same time period. Australia has put similar measures in place, though its citizens will be quarantined for 14 days regardless of where they're returning from in China.

The two countries aren't the first to implement travel restrictions on flights from China – Italy, Japan, Pakistan and Russia have begun similar procedures. What's more, Singapore has barred all travellers from China, and Vietnam Airlines has suspended all flights to the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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