Japan warns against cherry blossom parties amid Covid-19 fears


People visit a cherry blossom festival in Matsuda, Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Feb 29, 2020. - AP

TOKYO (AFP): The Tokyo government urged residents on Wednesday (March 4) to refrain from joining parties at parks during the famed cherry blossom season, in the latest disruption caused by concerns over Covid-19.

The season, which is expected to start in mid-March, is traditionally celebrated with hanami -- or viewing parties -- in cherry blossom hotspots, with picnics organised beneath the trees.

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