February 26, 2020 / 4:29 PM / in a month

Coronavirus sparks U.S. travel warnings on Iran, Italy and Mongolia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday stepped up travel advisories for Iran, Italy and Mongolia, warning of the risks of coronavirus or disruptions related to efforts to control the disease’s spread.

The U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution when travelling to Italy, and said those in Iran should also be careful. Both nations are combating coronavirus outbreaks.

The United States already had a “do not travel” warning in place for Iran that cited the risk of kidnapping and detention.

In its advisory on Mongolia, the department urged U.S. citizens to reconsider visiting due to “travel and transport restrictions” put in place in response to the spread of coronavirus in neighbouring China.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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