Under direction from Homeland Security to help stop the spread of coronavirus, officials are now asking all U.S.-bound passengers if they recently traveled to China. 

The action by American authorities comes as scientists race to develop a vaccine. 

Per Fox News:

“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” President Trump told the “Hannity” host on Sunday. “But we can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. We’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”

President Trump did not elaborate on the specific measures U.S. authorities have taken to “shut down” further transmission of the virus, but officials are, indeed, taking a number of measures to protect against the further spread of the virus in the United States.

The DHS has issued a restricted travel edict to protect Americans from exposure to the deadly virus, ordering airline authorities to ask all travelers on international flights bound for the U.S. if they have recently been in mainland Chia, Reuters reports. Now, airline representatives are expected to “scrutinize” people’s passports amid concerns related to the ongoing outbreak.

In addition, U.S. citizens who have visited the Hubei province, home of the city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the outbreak, within 14 days of their return to America, will be subjected to a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days, the DHS said.

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