Japan advises citizens to avoid non-urgent travel to US 

Airline staff stands next to a flight schedule board at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, March 18, 2020. (File photo: AP)

Japan’s foreign ministry said it had advised citizens to avoid non-essential and non-urgent travel to the United States because of the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

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In a message on its web site, the ministry cited a national emergency declared by US President Donald Trump earlier this month and the US travel restrictions to curb transmission of the virus as the reasons for the tighter warning.

New York state, Illinois and Connecticut on Friday followed California in directing tens of millions of people to stay at home in the most sweeping US social-distancing measures yet imposed in the escalating campaign to curb transmission of the coronavirus.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05