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Ardern's trip to China called off amid coronavirus outbreak, 1 NEWS understands

The Prime Minister won’t be travelling to China early this year because of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, 1 NEWS understands.

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The Prime Minister’s announcement came after the death toll for the virus passed 800. Source: 1 NEWS

Jacinda Ardern was set for a week long trip after a shortened trip in 2019 in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack in Christchurch.

Travel is now on hold because of the two week quarantine and Ms Ardern now won’t visit before the election.

Ministers will travel later in the year.

There have been more than 800 deaths from coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, China. Thousands more are infected in China and other countries, including two New Zealanders on board a Japanese cruise ship. There are no cases of coronavirus in New Zealand.