BANGKOK (AP) – Countries are increasingly walling themselves off to try and keep an unfolding pandemic from growing in their borders.
President Donald Trump announced sweeping restrictions halting much travel from a swath of Europe.
The U.S. State Department is also cautioning Americans to “reconsider travel abroad.”
The center of Europe’s outbreak, Italy, is tightening already-strict rules, saying pubs, restaurants and hair salons must close if they can’t space out their customers.
All of it came against a backdrop of plunging world markets, with stocks in Asia reeling after a rough round of trading a day earlier on Wall Street.