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Japan bans entry from US in expanded travel restrictions

Government to distribute masks to every household in country

With flights cancelled, planes sit on the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan will expand entry bans to cover foreign travelers from 73 countries and regions on Friday, including the U.S., U.K. and all of China, in an escalation of its fight against the new coronavirus.

To help combat the spread of the virus within Japan, Abe announced plans to distribute reusable face masks to all households through the postal service.

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