China Imposes Quarantine on Returnees from S. Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran

Major Chinese cities have announced that those returning from foreign countries where infections are increasing coronavirus must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

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On Tuesday, Shanghai, Guangdong and Beijing confirmed that returnees or visitors who come to China from countries like Korea South, Japan, Iran and Italy you will be forced to undergo 14 days of isolation, either at home or at an approved facility.

The news comes after at the least 13 people who returned to China from Iran and Italy tested positive for the virus in recent days.

A 31-year-old, who returned to Qingtian County, Zhejiang Province, after working in a restaurant in the Italian city of Bergamo was found to be infected. Seven other people, who also worked at the same restaurant, before returning home, also subsequently became ill Zhejiang.

Qiantian County officials have urged other residents abroad to reconsider returning home.

Italy and Iran have seen the largest number of cases of coronavirus outside Asia, while South Korea and Japan have the highest infection rate in Asia, but outside China.

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