MALAYSIA BARS VISITORS FROM CHINA

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 10) - Malaysia is
barring all tourists from China while those from other places badly hit by the
deadly SARS virus will need to obtain health certificates before entering.

Officials say Malaysian missions in mainland China will stop
issuing visas to Chinese tourists, half a million of whom visited last year, and
none will be granted on arrival.

Malaysia will also keep a tight grip on visas issued to visitors
from all other countries with mounting death tolls from Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome, or SARS.

The government has urged its citizens against visiting any SARS-affected
countries, which also include Canada and Vietnam.

The mystery virus has killed more than 100 people worldwide, and
infected almost 3,000 since an outbreak in southern China late last year. One
person has died in Malaysia so far.

A senior official says there will have to be a special
arrangement for the thousands of people who daily cross the causeway from
neighbouring Singapore, where nine people have died from SARS and nearly 120
have been infected.

April 10, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra 

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