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South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Anxious Asian countries want China flight ban

Anxiety levels in Asian countries over the new coronavirus are high, a new survey shows, although they do not necessarily correlate with the number of cases reported locally. But regardless of their level of concern, the vast majority of respondents want a blanket ban on flights from mainland China. The COVID-19 disease, caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 75,000 people around the world, killing more than 2,000. “The desire for a travel ban from China is very consistent across the nine countries surveyed. More than eight in 10 of those surveyed believe there should be a total ban on all flights… until the virus is under control on the mainland,” said David Black, chief executive of Singapore-based Blackbox Research, which along with technology company Toluna conducted what is believed to be the largest online poll on the coronavirus so far. For more on this story, click here.