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Coronavirus

WHO chief urges against excessive China travel curbs

Beijing says restrictions not based on facts and go against UN body's policy

GENEVA -- Countries should refrain from excessive restrictions on travel to China, the World Health Organization director-general said Monday, as the U.S., Australia and other governments closed their borders to noncitizens arriving from the Asian nation amid the coronavirus outbreak.

There is no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. The WHO will send a team of experts to China as early as this week to discuss steps to contain the outbreak. 

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