Japan to Quarantine China and South Korea Visitors
China and South Korea visitors to be quarantined in Japan
The Japanese government announced quarantine guidelines for arriving visitors from China and South Korea.
This quarantine order is scheduled to be effective from March 9 to March 31, 2020, and will apply to anyone entering Japan from these two countries, including Japanese nationals.
According to state media, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "We will ask people entering Japan from China and South Korea to stay at places designated by the quarantine chief for 2 weeks and not to use public transportation systems in the country."
The Japanese government also said it will suspend certain visas already issued to Chinese and South Koreans.
Previously, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Level 2 Travel Alert for Japan on March 3, 2020.
The CDC says ‘sustained community spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus disease COVID-19 has been reported in Japan.’
Sustained community spread means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is ongoing.
The CDC also warned ‘older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing non-essential travel to Japan, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been confirmed to spread from person to person.’
Illness from this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, says the CDC.
The CDC recommended that international travelers avoid all nonessential travel to these countries because of the widespread, ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, that can cause the COVID-19 disease in people.
In another development, Japan’s lawmakers are expected to enact a bill as early as next week that would allow the prime minister to declare a state of emergency in response to the virus, according to Reuters reporting.
‘The legislation would enable local governments to control some businesses' operating hours, close schools and instruct citizens to stay home.’
‘Authorities would also be able to use buildings and land without the consent of owners for medical purposes.’
Japan’s health officials are investigating so-called ''infection clusters.''
‘At this stage, the spread of infection can be prevented by tracing the route of transmission, especially for close contacts.’
‘The important thing is to minimize the spread of infection in the country by preventing one cluster of patients from creating another cluster,’ said Japan’s Health Ministry.
As of noon on March 5, 2020, Japan has confirmed 287 cases of COVID-19 disease and 6 related fatalities.
Coronavirus travel alerts published by Vax-Before-Travel.