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Abe asks to shut schools in Japan amid COVID-19 outbreak

Tokyo, Feb 27 (IECurrentAffairs) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday issued instructions for the temporary closure of all elementary, junior-high and high schools from March 2, to prevent children getting infected by the deadly novel coronavirus.
“Putting children’s health and safety first and from the point of view of taking preliminary measures to address the risk of infection caused by many children and teachers gathering in one place for long hours on a daily basis, I request that all elementary, junior and high schools, as well as special needs schools be closed temporarily from March 2 until spring break,” Abe told a meeting of the novel coronavirus response headquarters.
The move comes after two boys under 10 tested positive for the virus in Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido prefecture earlier in the day.
With a total of 844 cases Japan ranks second, just behind South Korea, in the number of confirmed cases outside mainland China.
The coronavirus disease, officially called COVID-19, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has so far infected more than 82,200 people, resulting in the deaths of over 2,800 people. Over a third of the people who have contracted the disease have since been cured, including more than 2,820 people over the last 24 hours

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Via UNI-India

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