February 26, 2020 / 6:09 AM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-S.Korea coronavirus spread prompts Chinese cities to curb entry by outsiders

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SHANGHAI, Feb 26 (Reuters) - More Chinese cities close to the Korean Peninsula are imposing travel restrictions on outsiders as the coronavirus spreads rapidly through South Korea.

Yancheng city in China's Jiangsu province has advised South Koreans with permanent residence to stay at home, according to a government social media post issued on Wednesday.

Short-term visitors, meanwhile, have been advised to stay at hotels designated by the local government.

Located just under 800 km (495 miles) from Seoul, Yancheng is home to several factories for South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp

Dalian city, a major port hub across from the Korean Peninsula, also imposed restrictions on visitors, according to a government notice published on Wednesday.

The city's regulations require outsiders with permanent residency to register with the local residence committee and potentially engage in quarantine according to its guidance.

The published orders did not reference South Korea directly.

The regulations follow ones issued on Tuesday in Weihai and Shenyang, two other costal cities separated from the Korean Peninsula by the Yellow Sea.

South Korea's tally of confirmed coronavirus cases rose past 1,000 as of Wednesday.

Earlier this week, South Korea's president called the situation posed by the virus "grave," and the country raised its alert assessing its threat to the highest level. (Reporting by Josh Horwitz; editing by Richard Pullin)

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