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URGENT-Colombia to turn away visitors who have stayed in Asia, Europe in last two weeks

BOGOTA, March 13 (Reuters) - Colombia will close its borders with Venezuela and stop visitors who have been in Europe or Asia from entering the country, President Ivan Duque said late on Friday, as it looks to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Duque said Colombia will close its border with Venezuela from five o’clock Saturday morning. Furthermore, arrivals to the South American country who are not residents or nationals and have stayed in Europe or Asia during the last two weeks will not be allowed to enter from Monday, he said.

The border with Ecuador will remain open, he added.

Reporting by Oliver Griffin; editing by Richard Pullin

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