Japan to Bar Foreigners with Recent Stays in Hubei

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Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government decided Friday to impose a temporary ban on entry by all foreigners with recent histories of staying in China's Hubei Province, including its capital, Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of a new coronavirus.

The entry ban will be in place "for the time being" from Saturday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a meeting on the day of the government's headquarters for responding to the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus.

The move comes after the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency on Thursday, in the face of the spread of the coronavirus that has caused numerous people to develop pneumonia in China and other parts of the world.

It will be the first time for the Japanese government to impose an entry ban that specifies a certain area.

Specifically, the government will not accept entry applications from foreigners with histories of being in Hubei within the past 14 days and holders of Chinese passports issued by the province, regardless of whether they have been confirmed to have the virus or not. "We can't deal with this unprecedented crisis if we stick to precedents," the prime minister stressed, instructing cabinet ministers to respond flexibly.

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