Singapore has restricted entry of all new travelers arriving from mainland China, according to local media.

The foreigners, who visited China in the past 14 days, will not be allowed entry or transit in Singapore to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the Strait Times daily quoted Singaporean government as saying.

The new restrictions will be effective on Saturday.

The move came after health authorities in Singapore announced on Jan.23 a new type of coronavirus was detected in a Chinese man from Wuhan, China, who came to Singapore with his family on Jan. 20.


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