Asia’s tourist spots brace for leaner times as coronavirus keeps Chinese visitors at home

Tourists roaming around the ancient Cambodian temples at Angkor Wat are used to having to protect themselves. Usually, it’s against the sun and the indefatigable hawkers.

But as coronavirus has spread from China to tourism hot spots across Asia — aided by the mass movement of people during the Lunar New Year holiday — many people are looking for ways to protect themselves against the pneumonia-like respiratory ailment that has claimed more than 200 lives.

“We had hand sanitizer from China and our hotel gave us masks,” said Roberto Rubio, an American living in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao. He and his wife, Jenessa, left China on Jan. 19, before the severity of the outbreak was clear.

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