Jan 31, 2020 - World

U.S. issues "do not travel" advisory for China

In this image, a mother holds her child as they both wear face masks in Hong Kong

Hong Kong on Jan. 30. Photo: Yat Kai Yeung/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The State Department advised Americans not to travel to China on Thursday and recommended that those currently in the country consider leaving, following WHO's global public health emergency declaration.

Why it matters: The U.S. now considers travel to China as dangerous as going to North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Somalia because of the coronavirus.

Driving the news: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said WHO declared an emergency not because of the outbreak in China, but out of fear it could spread to countries that do not have the capacity to contain it.

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