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Coronavirus

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.

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