Itanagar: As coronavirus cases rise in the country, the Arunachal Pradesh government on Sunday banned the entry of foreigners to prevent the spread of the virus in the state. As a precautionary measure, the state government has decided to temporarily suspend issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Spike to 39 as 5 Fresh Cases Reported From Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Notably, foreigners require PAPs to enter the state that shares a border with China. Also Read - Salman Khan's Coronavirus Concern Goes For Toss, Lands Innumerable Kisses on Ayat Sharma's Lips | Watch

“It is learnt that Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in India and the numbers have been increasing. It is also learnt that the spread of the coronavirus in India is primarily from visitors who had a history of travelling abroad recently or through tourists who have visited India,” the government order said. Also Read - Coronavirus: New York Declares State of Emergency; Trump Says 'Not Concerned at All'

The move comes days after Sikkim announced similar curbs on the visit of foreigners. Neighbouring country Bhutan has also shut its borders to foreign visitors for two weeks in an effort to limit the impact of the disease.

China, on Sunday, reported 27 new fatalities and 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the total death toll to 3,097.

Meanwhile. the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India climbed to 40 on Sunday as five people in Kerala and one person in Tamil Nadu tested positive for the deadly epidemic.