China prepares to seal itself off from the world to stem 'imported' coronavirus cases squib

Temporary measure, which goes into effect at midnight on Friday, met with broad support from inside China but could prompt diplomatic tension

China will temporarily bar the entry of almost all foreigners and drastically reduce flights to the country, as it tries to head off a second wave of infections caused by travellers coming from abroad.

The ban, which goes into effect at midnight on Friday, comes as the country reported its first locally infected coronavirus infection in three days and reported 54 imported cases. The move was greeted with broad support inside China.

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