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Trump Administration Announces Ban On Foreigners Who Have Visited China

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Foreign travelers who have been in China in the last 14 days and don't have immediate family in the United States will be banned from entering the U.S. starting Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific time.

The restriction was announced at a press conference in Washington where U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Azar also said that any U.S. citizen who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine. The capital city of Hubei Province is Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began.

It wasn't clear how long the restrictions will be in effect.

Public health officials who spoke at the press conference said the risk to Americans of contracting the virus remains low.

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