China Opens New Hospital, Other Nations Impose Travel Bans in Response to Virus

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The Latest:Passengers arrive at LAX from Shanghai, China, after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020.Chad Wolf, acting Homeland Security secretary, said that the overall risk to Americans remains low. He added that the new rules could add stress and travel time for some passengers, but “public health and security experts agree these measures are necessary to contain the virus and protect the American people,” he said.President Donald Trump told Fox News that the United States has “shut down” the coronavirus coming in from China, even as officials in San Francisco reported a ninth confirmed U.S. case.”We’ve offered China help but we can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus,” Trump said. “So we’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down.”U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday “a handful more flights” will be going to China to evacuate Americans from Hubei province.  Speaking during a visit to Kazakhstan, Pompeo said the United States “might bring in some medical supplies” as well.He said experts from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention already are in Kazakhstan, which shares a long eastern border with China.Indonesia announced Sunday a ban on entry to all foreigners and visitors who visited China, and asked Indonesians not to go there.  A temporary halt on flights from China is due to begin Wednesday.China’s acting ambassador to Israel apologized Sunday for comparing the border closures in Israel and elsewhere to restrictions placed on European Jews trying to escape Nazi Germany in the 1930s.Dai Yuming said China was one of the few nations that opened its borders to Jewish refugees during “the darkest days in human history.”The embassy later issued a statement saying there was no intention to compare what is happening today to the Holocaust and apologized to anyone who “understood our message the wrong way.”The outbreak has taken an economic toll on China, with stock markets closing down nearly 8 percent Monday.The WHO declared the outbreak a global health emergency last week.

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