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China Travel Curbs Widen With Global Virus Contagion Fears Rising

  • Countries defy UN health agency with limitations on travel
  • Philippines, New Zealand are latest to implement bans
Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marice Payne during a news conference announcing the travel ban on Feb. 1. 

Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marice Payne during a news conference announcing the travel ban on Feb. 1. 

Photographer: Don Arnold/Getty Images

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Restrictions on travel to and from China widened as rising fear of the Wuhan coronavirus prompted countries to bar entry and restrict flights, ignoring the guidance of the World Health Organization.

The Philippines -- which on Sunday reported the first virus death outside China -- and New Zealand were the latest to deny access to foreigners traveling from China, while South Korea will prevent arrivals from some parts of the mainland. The U.S., Australia, Singapore, Israel and Russia have announced restrictions as well.