Iraq bans entry of foreigners coming from China over coronavirus fears: Ministry

A foreign traveller wearing a mask walks past a departures information board at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, February 1, 2020. (Reuters)

Iraq has banned the entry of all foreigners coming from China over fears about the coronavirus outbreak, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is a top investor in Iraqi oil while the Chinese state-run CNOOC Ltd works at the Maysan oilfield in southeast Iraq.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01