Coronavirus fight in Japan. PHOTO | CAPITAL
Coronavirus fight in Japan. PHOTO | CAPITAL

As Kenya opens doors for passenger crafts from the Coronavirus prone zones, Japan has closed all borders saying they are dealing with the internal reported cases first.

The Government has announced an immediate closure or termination of public gathering including restaurants, clubs, religious places for weeks to control the disease.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the outbreak.

The move comes as crew members from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan, began leaving the vessel where more than 700 people have tested positive for the disease.

“The government considers the health and safety of children above anything else,” Abe said.

“We request all primary, junior high and high schools… across the nation to close temporarily from March 2 next week until their spring break.”

The spring break for public schools usually starts in late March in Japan and lasts several weeks.

Local media said the call would not extend to nurseries and daycare facilities, however.

“Efforts to prevent the spread of infections among children are being made in various areas,” Abe added.

Many public elementary schools and junior high schools in northern Hokkaido, where the death of a man in his 80s infected with the virus was confirmed on Thursday, were already closed after a cluster of infections prompted the governor to request public schools close for some weeks.

The city of Osaka also said it will close its kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools from Saturday for two weeks.

PM Abe’s call comes after the government urged organisers of major events to consider cancelling them and called on businesses to allow employees to work from home or commute off-peak. He also allowed supermarkets to operate on the door to door delivery.

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