US declares emergency, new entry restrictions due to coronavirus
Posted: 4:29 PM, Jan 31, 2020
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, photo, Bill Chen stands outside of customs at San Francisco International Airport after arriving on a flight from Shanghai, where he was conducting business and visiting family over the Lunar New Year holiday. Chen said his temperature was quickly screened at the Shanghai airport before he departed. He also filled out a health questionnaire that asked if he had traveled to Wuhan or had any contact with someone who had been in the city, the epicenter of the coronavirus. “I feel a little bit sorry for people traveling on the plane,” Chen said. “People have to be nervous in some way.” (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
The United States has declared a public health emergency because of the outbreak of coronavirus that hit China and has spread to other nations.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also announced that President Donald Trump will temporarily bar entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals believed to be a risk of transmitting the virus.
The new restrictions begin Sunday afternoon.
Americans returning from Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine.
Others returning from elsewhere in China will be allowed to self-monitor their condition for a similar period.