Taiwan bars entry of residents from Wenzhou due to epidemic

Focus Taiwan
Date: 02/02/2020
By: Lu Yi-hsuan , Lee I-chia and Dennis Xie  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

Taoyuan International Airport

Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's government has extended its travel ban of visitors from China to Chinese citizens living in Wenzhou due to the worsening of the coronavirus epidemic there, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

At a hastily called press conference Sunday evening, CDC Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said the number of confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the coastal city had reached 265 as of Saturday.

This was the highest number of any prefectural-level administrative division in China outside Hubei Province, where the coronavirus was first detected, and a community-level transmission could be taking place locally, Chou said.

Local authorities in Wenzhou have also began restricting the movement of residents there, he said.

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