Malaysia has stopped issuing visas to Chinese nationals from regions in the country affected by novel coronavirus outbreak.

Kuala Lumpur said that it was following World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to stop the spread of the fatal virus which has already claimed 106 lives in mainland China, Malaysian daily The Star reported on Monday.

All immigration facilities including issuing visas for Chinese citizens from Wuhan and the areas around Hubei province have been stopped with “immediate effect,” the report said.

“The immigration facilities will be reinstated when the situation returns to normal,” the Malaysian prime ministry said in a

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