"With the explosive spread of the infection seen mainly in Europe and America, we have decided to adopt stronger border measures," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said during a meeting of the government's task force against coronavirus.
The island nation had previously banned travelers from much of Europe, as well as parts of China and South Korea. With Wednesday's announcement, Japan will now ban travelers from 73 countries, about a third of the world. The new border controls take effect at midnight on April 3.
Japan's action is aligned with an increasing number of Asian countries and cities that are narrowing their borders and imposing stricter containment measures to protect themselves against a new wave of infections. Japanese citizens returning from any foreign country must be quarantined for two weeks after arrival.
Japan's Ministry of Health registered 225 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, including five detected at airports, bringing the country's total to 2,187 cases. The Tokyo Metropolitan Education Council also announced that it will close all middle and high schools across the city by May 6 and has asked cities and villages across the region to close elementary and high schools for the same period.
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