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Canada is now warning not to travel anywhere in China

Canada has finally updated its travel advisory for China and is now warning residents to avoid all non-essential travel to the country in its entirety. 

The advisory, which was last updated at 2:29 p.m. today, advises that Canadians "avoid non-essential travel to China due to the imposition of travel restrictions and quarantines in parts of the country in order to limit the spread of a novel coronavirus."

There are four risk levels when it comes to Canadian travel advisories, and avoiding non-essential travel is the second-highest. 

"There are specific safety and security concerns that could put you at risk. You should reconsider your need to travel to the country, territory or region," reads the description of this particular risk level.

"If you are already in the country, territory or region, you should reconsider whether or not you really need to be there. If not, you should consider leaving while it is still safe to do so," the description continues.

"It is up to you to decide what 'non-essential travel' means, based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with a country, territory or region, and other factors."

The highest risk level is the warning to avoid all travel, which is currently in place for the Hubei Province in China. 

"Avoid all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou, due to the imposition of heavy travel restrictions in order to limit the spread of a novel coronavirus," the advisory states. 

Some Canadians were beginning to question why a country-wide advisory hadn't already been implemented considering the U.S. issued a Level 3 travel warning for the entire country of China earlier this week.

This news also comes just as the federal government announced they're preparing to send a plane to evacuate the 160 Canadian citizens who are currently stuck in Wuhan and wish to come home. 

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