Japan Entry Ban to Cover Another Chinese Province

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Tokyo, Feb. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan will expand its entry ban introduced in response to the new coronavirus outbreak to include foreigners who have recently been in China's Zhejiang Province, effective from the beginning of Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.

The entry ban currently affects only those who have recently been in China's Hubei Province, whose capital of Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus outbreak. Zhejiang is located east of Hubei.

"It's crucial to take more comprehensive and flexible border control measures" to prevent further transmission of the new virus into Japan, Abe told a meeting of the government's headquarters for responding to the outbreak.

On Feb. 1, the government began to reject the entry into Japan of foreigners who have been in Hubei within the last two weeks and those holding Hubei-issued passports.

The expansion of the entry ban comes as the number of cases of infection with the virus is continuing to rise.

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