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(LEAD) Japan to quarantine arrivals from South Korea, China over coronavirus

All News 20:45 March 05, 2020

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SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- Japan decided Thursday to tighten entry restrictions on arrivals from South Korea and China starting next week amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced after a government meeting that those flying in from the two virus-hit neighboring countries will be quarantined at a designated place for two weeks.

The new measure will be effective from next Monday through the end of this month.

Tokyo's has already imposed an entry ban on people arriving from the South's two southeastern regions -- Daegu city and North Gyeongsang Province -- where the bulk of COVID-19 cases have been reported.

Abe hinted at the possibility of expanding the entry ban for other virus-hit regions in South Korea and invalidating all arrival visas that have been issued to Koreans and Chinese.

He also said that all incoming flights from the two countries will only be allowed to land in Narita Airport, the main gateway to Tokyo, and Kansai Airport in Osaka.

South Korea has so far reported 6,088 confirmed cases of the novel virus and 41 deaths.

elly@yna.co.kr
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