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Japan to ask 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from Europe

Abe says temporary measure will target arrivals from 38 countries

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, at a coronavirus task force meeting on March 18. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will ask travelers from Europe as well as Egypt and Iran to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival, in an attempt to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.

The temporary measure from Saturday to the end of April will target all travelers from 38 countries, Abe told a meeting of a government task force on fighting the coronavirus. They include 27 members of the European Union, Britain and Monaco.

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