US bars foreigners coming from China for now over virus fear

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KEN MORITSUGU and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency and took drastic steps to significantly restrict entry into the country because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations. President Donald Trump has signed an order that will temporarily bar foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days. The new restrictions, which take effect at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, were announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who is coordinating the U.S. response. "It is likely that we will continue to see more cases in the United States in the coming days and weeks, including some limited person-to-perso
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