China announced Thursday it will temporarily deny entry to most foreigners amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Beginning on March 28, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is temporarily suspending entry to foreign nationals with valid visas or residence permits. There will be exceptions made for diplomatic workers, and foreign nationals coming for "necessary economic, trade, scientific, or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs" will still be able to apply for visas. For more than a week, China has said a majority of its new coronavirus cases have come from overseas. Earlier this week, China said it would lift the lockdown on Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus originated, on April 8. The Trump administration in January denied U.S. entry to most foreign nationals who visited China recently.
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