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Premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc suspended the visa waivers for eight European countries amid growing concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The decision to temporarily cancel visa-free travel for citizens of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain followed a recommendation by the national steering committee on coronavirus prevention and control, according to a posting on the government’s website, which cited a cabinet meeting today.

Workers wearing protective suits disinfect a Vietnam Airlines plane amid concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
Photographer: Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images

An outbreak of 13 coronavirus cases over the weekend tied to a flight from London to Hanoi has led the government to restrict international tourists. The committee also proposed the same measure to countries that have had more than 500 total infection cases or more than 50 cases recorded in a day, according to the government’s news website, which cited information from a March 8 meeting.

The prime minister also directed national and local governments to temporarily suspend staff business trips abroad unless approved by him.

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