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Japan refuses entry of eight foreigners over coronavirus concern

People recently in Hubei province and who have passports issued there are barred

Airline staff wear face masks at Haneda airport in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Japan refused entry over the weekend to eight foreigners who had recently been in China's Hubei province, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Monday.

The move followed Japan's announcement on Friday that foreigners who have been in Hubei province, where the novel coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan is located, in the past 14 days will be denied entry. People with passports issued in Hubei province are also barred. The ban took effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

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