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Japan advises against travel to China's Wenzhou due to virus outbreak

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan on Friday raised its travel advisory for the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou by one tier to level 3 or "avoid all travel" due to the spread of a deadly coronavirus there.

    Wenzhou, a commercial hub with a population of about 9 million, and the surrounding Zhejiang Province have seen one of the largest outbreaks of the pneumonia-causing virus outside of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where it originated.

    Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi cited the high concentration of infections and the fact that local authorities have begun restricting movement within Wenzhou as reasons for the decision.

    Japan has been stepping up measures to keep the epidemic from spreading further in the country. On Thursday, it implemented an entry ban on foreigners who have stayed in Zhejiang in the last two weeks, in addition to Hubei Province, in which Wuhan is the capital.

    The travel advisory for Hubei remains at level 3, while the rest of mainland China was kept at level 2, or "avoid nonessential travel."

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