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Myanmar Asks Tour Firms to Suspend Services for Chinese Visitors

Myanmar Asks Tour Firms to Suspend Services for Chinese Visitors

Tourists and devotees visiting Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. 

Tourists and devotees visiting Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. 

Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Tourists and devotees visiting Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. 

Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

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Myanmar has asked tour operators and guides to temporarily suspend services for Chinese visitors to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

In addition, hotels have to report any guests with suspect symptoms immediately, Aung Aye Han, the Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, said in an interview.

“We need to make sure we have preventive measures,” Aung Aye Han said by telephone from Naypyidaw.

Read More: Myanmar Expects 5 Million Tourists in 2020 Despite Virus Fears

Regional tourism is wilting amid travel curbs to restrict the spread the deadly virus that originated in China. Myanmar, increasingly reliant on Chinese visitors, still expects to hit its target of attracting 5 million tourists in 2020.

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The Southeast Asian nation hasn’t reported any confirmed cases of the illness.