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China's imported coronavirus cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

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By GREG BAKER

China reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners entering the country.

In recent weeks China's tally of infections has dwindled dramatically, with only a handful of domestic patients each day. But just as the country appears to bring the outbreak under control, nations around the globe have been battling to control soaring numbers of infections in new hotspots.

There were another 55 new infections in China Friday, the National Health Commission said, with one local infection and 54 imported cases from overseas.

Beijing has been racing to control the number of infections being brought into the country -- mostly Chinese nationals returning home from overseas, including large numbers of students abroad.

On Thursday Beijing announced dramatic measures to curb arrivals into the country, including reducing the number of international flights, limiting the capacity on board to 75 percent, and imposing a ban on foreigners entering China.

Non-nationals living in China with valid visas and resident permits will be blocked from returning to the country after midnight on Friday night, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it was a "temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation."

Diplomats and the crew of international airlines and vessels will still be permitted to enter. Flights in and out of China will also be capped at just one route a week to each country, including for international airlines.

The tally of cases brought into China from abroad climbed to 595 on Friday, health officials said.

A series of strict measures had already been put in place to try and stem the wave of infections coming in.

All Beijing-bound international flights have been diverted to other urban centers, where passengers will first be screened for the virus.

Many Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have also imposed a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from abroad.

There were nearly 1,100 return international passenger flights scheduled to come to China this week.

There were another five deaths on Friday, according to the National Health Commission -- all in the province of Hubei where the virus first emerged late last year.

In total 81,340 people have been infected in China, and the outbreak has claimed 3,292 lives.

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China's imported coronavirus cases

..... says the Chinese Communist Party, whose information has been so reliable, and whose priority has been from the start to shift blame somewhere else. Instead of saying they do not have the thing under control yet.

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As the cases rise in Japan, then this too,will be the inevitable response here.

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Well,....believing what China says not working out well for the occupants of this planet. Nor what the Japanese regiem says too. The disconnect between their Idea of reality and fact for those decision makers is getting more and more exposed as absolutely Alice in wonderland worthy. Might have done this last year rather than this year. Might have helped?

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The cat got out of the bag in December 2019 and won't be caught anytime soon but you can bet its owners will blame everyone for their cat running wild and causing all sorts of mayhem.

Just wait, the CCP will now blame their hidden numbers since the 25th of February about to be 'merged in' as the second wave on foriegners coming into/back to China. China can do no wrong as it 'helps' the world out with their virus.

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China needs to be isolated by the rest of the world until they get rid of the CCP.

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kurisupisu;

As the cases rise in Japan, then this too,will be the inevitable response here.

I have been collecting failed predictions from the readers section here for a while. Can add yours too?

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beentofivecontinents:

China needs to be isolated by the rest of the world until they get rid of the CCP.

Spot on. Best meme I have seen in while!

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Why is any country still accepting Chinese tourists??

Non-nationals living in China with valid visas and resident permits will be blocked from returning to the country after midnight on Friday night

That's interesting. Blocked from the country that created this global pandemic in the first place.

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Just simply disengage china from the rest of the world now , do not accept anyone or anything coming out of china and send it nothing. Close it down, Isolate it, do not let it back into the world community again. It cannot be trusted.

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TigersTokyoDomeToday 

That's interesting. Blocked from the country that created this global pandemic in the first place.

Created? On purpose? Gene sequencing shows that recombination event between a pangolin corona virus and a bat corona virus may have begat COVID-19. The COVID-19 S protein which binds to the ACE2 receptor is essentially the same as that in the pangolin corona virus while the rest of the COVD-19 genome is more homologous to that of the bat corona virus.

https://www.sciencealert.com/genome-analysis-of-the-coronavirus-suggests-two-viruses-may-have-combined

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iraira, 'created' as in hid the medical truth and turned a blind eye to those rotting markets.

I know the scientific cause of this virus, but it was humans who allowed that virus to fester. Then the government censored the Doctors who tried to warn us.

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Read this to see how China is trying to play victim in all this while helping us all. Published today March 27, 2020.

https://openthemagazine.com/cover-story/can-we-forgive-china/

Spread the truth before China spreads its lies!!!

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It is a propaganda ploy to get the people to support the government again. First, remove all foreign journalist. Second, have CCP backed media declare there are no more domestic cases. Also, claim the virus originated in another country like US. Third, claim foreign cases are rising to make the foreigner the bad guy and China the victim. Hopefully for the CCP, the Chinese public will view the foreigners as the bad people and forget about the governments role. Nationalism 101!

Besides, how many of those cases are not people who got infected from traveling with Chinese people before arriving? They are bound to meet some on the way to China. That is why Europe and the US are an epicenter now. Chinese students and business travelers returning to school abroad or their foreign offices after being infected in China!

How many of the foreigners were initially in China then they return for work or family? Foreigners who are going to China now are probably students or long term residents. These are not simple tourists. How do we know they were not infected in China then they showed signs after returning?

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I believe that a certain degree of global underlying resentment towards China for all the human and economic damage it has brought to the world will linger for many decades to come. The UN needs to pass resolutions forcing China to totally eliminate these wet markets with international compliance inspections. It should have been done 17 years ago after SARS. If certain countries can not be trusted with nuclear power without international inspections, certainly China's coronavirus incubators fall into the same category; a threat to the entire world.

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Well, the China bashers are certainly out in force.

But the reality is that by the end of the Covid19 Crisis it is probably going to have firmly taken over the 'exceptional nation' and 'economically dominate' roles from the US.

And that will lead to a lot of the 'bashers' quietly becoming 'praisers' because that is what that sort of personality does, suck up to power.

Or if we have a recession and isolation continues, countries will decide to become more self sufficient and continue to distrust China even more as their citizens mortality rate increases!

That is why China is making foreigners the bad guy at home, yet kissing up to countries that they are ruining with their pandemic. They are worried about financial impact which means Chinese will no likeee CCP!

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I believe that a certain degree of global underlying resentment towards China for all the human and economic damage it has brought to the world will linger for many decades to come. 

I think you should just be honest and change ‘believe’ to ‘hope’. China is now too powerful to be shunned. You can’t stand China, fair enough, but you need to look at reality.

The world does need to get a grip of the CCP over this. Clean your house up.

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