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Phonathon: Xi dials world leaders to argue against travel curbs

128 countries and counting limit Chinese arrivals over coronavirus

Passengers from China pass through a thermal screening point at Istanbul International Airport on Jan. 24.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- With 128 countries now restricting the entry of visitors from China, leaders in Beijing are frantically calling counterparts around the world to get them to reverse their decisions as concerns grow over the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The number has more than doubled as of Tuesday from the 62 countries at the end of January, and only continues to grow. All of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations have some type of restriction in place.

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