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Japanese stranded in Poland to return on chartered flight

Sanitary workers disinfect the Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw Western) coach station at the end of the day in a new routine intended to fight the spread of the coronavirus, in Warsaw, Poland, on March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- About 150 Japanese nationals who are stranded in Poland due to the coronavirus pandemic will return on a chartered flight landing Thursday afternoon, the Polish Embassy said Wednesday.

    The LOT Polish Airlines' plane will depart from Warsaw and arrive at Narita airport near Tokyo, before repatriating some 160 Polish nationals on the return journey.

    Regular flights between the countries began in 2016 but have been grounded as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    Japan has warned its citizens against making nonessential overseas trips, due to both the risk of infection in hard-hit regions such as the United States and parts of Europe and the possibility of travel restrictions preventing them from coming home.

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