Japanese authorities plan to ban the entry of travelers who have recently been to the United States, most of Europe, China or South Korea, as a measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus by Japan.
The immigration ban will apply to all non-Japanese who have been in the 14 days prior to arrival in Japan in any of the designated regions, while Japanese returning from there will be asked to quarantine for two weeks while monitoring the appearance of possible symptoms related to the virus.
The information, released by local media such as the NHK public network or the Kyodo news agency, does not specify from when the new restrictions will begin to apply.
According to the Asahi newspaper, the authorities are still weighing whether to impose the restriction on the entire American territory or simply on some areas.
Japan already prohibits the entry to its territory of people who have been in 21 European countries (including the severely affected Italy and Spain), as well as Iran and certain areas of China and South Korea, which with the new measures would be affected In its whole.
Until now, the Japanese archipelago only required visitors who had been in the United States. quarantine, but the spread of the pathogen through the North American country, which currently brings together the largest number of confirmed cases ahead of Italy and China, have led Japan to decide to tighten its restrictions.
Global documented cases of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus now number more than 720,000, and deaths are close to 34,000.
Japan has diagnosed relatively few cases, but has seen a sharp increase in positives in recent days, mainly in Tokyo and nearby regions.
The central Japanese government has so far reported 2,578 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the archipelago (including 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship), as well as 64 deaths. More than 700 infections were diagnosed in the last week.