Coronavirus outbreak: Singapore denies entry to foreigners from China hinh anh 1At Changi international airport in Singapore (Photo: AFP)
Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore announced on January 31 that it would stop issuing visas to people holding Chinese passports and deny entry to foreigners who had visited China in the past 14 days, in a bid to counter the spread of novel coronavirus.

The ban will take effect on February 1.

Citizens of Singapore and long-time passport holders who have been to China will be able to come into the city state.

Speaking to the media, Singaporean Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said the government has decided to widen travel restrictions to all new visitors.

Singapore has so far recorded 13 infection cases, all from China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

The same day, Japan advised its citizens in China to consider returning home and limited travelling in Wuhan.

Its Foreign Ministry also urged Japanese citizens to avoid unnecessary trips to China./.