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NTT urges 200,000 employees to work from home as virus spreads

Japan's businesses disinfect buses and train stations to stop outbreak

Passengers wear masks Feb. 14 on a train in Tokyo. Japan has one of the highest number of coronavirus patients worldwide after China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Nippon Telegraph & Telephone group is telling employees to avoid commuting during rush hour or simply work from home starting Monday, as the telecom giant tries to protect staffers from the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The company issued the notice Friday to mobile service provider NTT Docomo and regional arms. The group as a whole employs roughly 200,000 people across Japan.

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