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Japan classifies Wuhan coronavirus as 'designated infectious disease'

Categorization used during SARS outbreak enables compulsory hospitalization

Staff at Tokyo's Haneda Airport wear masks as a precaution. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan on Tuesday classified pneumonia caused by a new deadly coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as a "designated infectious disease" legally allowing compulsory hospitalization.

The designation approved by the Cabinet will also restrict infected patients from going to work and require disinfection of sites where the virus has been detected.

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