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Japan to spend 10.3 billion yen from budget reserve to fight coronavirus - Abe

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a policy speech at the start of the regular session of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the cabinet will decide on Friday to spend 10.3 billion yen (£72.37 million) from the budget reserve to respond to the coronavirus.

Steps will total 15.3 billion yen, he added after a meeting of a task force on the coronavirus.

Earlier on Thursday, Japanese media reported that a Tokyo taxi driver had tested positive for the virus.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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