Three Greek nationals have been placed in quarantine in the province of Hubei, China, following the coronavirus outbreak, reports by CNN Greece.

They are said to be in good health and in constant contact with the Greek Embassy in Beijing.

The Greek Foreign Ministry has been coordinating plans for their repatriation as soon as possible.

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First reported from the Chinese province of Wuhan on 31 December, 2019, the coronavirus has since spread to 27 countries and territories worldwide with over 17,000 reported cases, resulting in 362 deaths, according to figures by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The outbreak was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the WHO on 30 January.

As a precautionary measure, the Greek government has temporarily closed visa centres in China, as well as suspending applications for visas, at least until 9 February.

A Greek national was permitted to return to Europe from Wuhan, China on Sunday. Travelling with other Europeans, they landed in France, where they will undergo medical examinations before being permitted to return to Greece.

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