With more than 28,000 people infected and almost 600 dead from the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (most commonly known as 2019-nCoV), travel bans to and from China have been imposed by various countries as preventive measure against the spread of the transmittable virus.
In Wuhan alone which is the epicenter of the outbreak, 28,018 cases have been officially reported, and the whole Hubei province remains in isolation. Neighboring countries across the globe have been shutting their borders to anyone who has traveled to China in the last few weeks, with the upsurge of new cases showing no signs of slowing down.
So far, here are the 44 countries that have taken precautionary measures to mitigate the situation:
Asia and Middle East
Egypt, Eritrea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam
Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom
Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen
Australia, New Zealand
In a briefing held last January 30 in Geneva Switzerland, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that "the WHO doesn’t recommend and actually opposes any restrictions for travel and trade or other measures against China," stating that such activities would only fuel fear and stigma. However, world leaders are taking no chances against the virus, in an attempt to protect their own citizens from the growing epidemic.