Japan PM Abe sets up coronavirus task force, enacts Europe, Iran entry ban


  • World
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (not pictured) meet in Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2019. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has established a task force under the country's revised emergency law to deal with the global rise in coronavirus infections and deaths.

It is necessary for people to act as one to overcome what can be described as a national crisis, Abe said in Tokyo on Thursday.

Japan will ban entry from 21 European countries as well as Iran, to take effect from March 27, Abe said.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Rocky Swift; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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