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Coronavirus

India cancels almost all visas and closes Myanmar border

New Delhi adopts sweeping measures as coronavirus spreads

A group of students wearing protective masks walk outside a railway station amid coronavirus fears in Kochi, India.   © Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters) -- India said on Wednesday it will suspend the vast majority of visas to the country in a wide-reaching attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as cases across the region continued to rise.

The virus has hit Europe and the United States far harder than China's most immediate neighbours in South Asia, where no one has yet died. But as the number of cases in the region topped 80, experts fear that its overstretched medical systems may not be able to handle the type of intensive care required.

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