January 31, 2020 / 4:33 AM / 23 days ago

Japan urges citizens to avoid non-urgent trips to all of China

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 told parliament on Friday the government has decided to raise its infectious disease advisory level for China, excluding Hubei province, to 2, urging citizens to avoid non-urgent trips to the country.

The government is already telling its citizens not to take any trips to China’s central province of Hubei.

Wuhan, the epicentre of the newly-identified coronavirus outbreak, is located in Hubei.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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