As coronavirus pandemic grows, U.S. warns its citizens against overseas travel

The Trump administration has upgraded its already dire warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads.

At the same time, the State Department disclosed the first positive coronavirus test in a Washington-based employee and announced new restrictions the issuance of passports to U.S. citizens.

The department on Thursday issued a new travel alert urging Americans not to go abroad under any circumstances and to return home if they are already abroad unless they plan to remain overseas. It then said passport applications for U.S. citizens at home and abroad would be severely curtailed.

“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” it said in the new advice.

“In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”

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