Japanese PM asks schools remain closed amid coronavirus outbreak

People wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are seen outside of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)

Japan is announcing the closure of schools nationwide to help control the spread of the new virus.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he asked all elementary, middle, and high schools to remain closed until spring holidays begin in late March.

The measure comes amid growing concern about the rise in the number of untraceable cases in northern Japan and elsewhere. Japan now has more than 890 cases, including 705 from a quarantined cruise ship.

Officials in Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido said earlier Thursday that they were closing all 1,600 elementary and middle schools in the island prefecture, with the governor saying the coming one to two weeks are crucial in fighting the virus.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06
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