January 24, 2020 / 8:52 AM / a month ago

Japan tells citizens not to take any trips to China's Hubei province due to coronavirus

Workers in protective suits check the temperature of passengers arriving at the Xianning North Station on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Xianning, a city bordering Wuhan to the north in Hubei province, China January 24, 2020. REUTERS/David Stanway

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Friday raised its infectious disease advisory level for China’s Hubei province to 3, telling its citizens not to take any trips there due to the new coronavirus outbreak, the Foreign Ministry said.

The city of Wuhan, considered the epicentre of the outbreak, is located in the province. Japan had on Thursday raised its advisory level for Wuhan to 2 from 1, urging its citizens to avoid non-urgent trips to the city.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, Elaine Lies; Editing by Alex Richardson

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