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Vietnam halts Europe visa waivers as nation's virus cases double

Hotel where Kim Jong Un met Donald Trump temporarily closed

The century-old Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been shut down for disinfection after two U.K. tourists at the hotel tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI -- Vietnam suspended visa-free travel for citizens of eight European countries on Monday, including the U.K., France and Germany, after reported cases of the novel coronavirus in the Asian nation nearly doubled over the weekend.

Visitors from these three countries as well as Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Spain will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, joining those from hard-hit Italy. 

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