March 15, 2020 / 4:05 AM / 14 days ago

Argentina bans entry to non-residents arriving from coronavirus-hit countries

An employee works behind a plastic shield as a preventive measure against coronavirus, in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina banned entry to non-residents who have traveled to a country highly affected by coronavirus in the last 14 days, the government officially announced late on Saturday.

The ban was established for 30 days, according to the decree published in the official bulletin.

The bulletin did not specify which countries would be included in the ban, though Argentina already temporarily stopped issuing visas to travelers from the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Britain and many European countries.

Argentina now has 45 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry said, up from 21 on March 12.

Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Walter Bianchi; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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