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Japan to close schools nationwide to control spread of coronavirus

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Japan is announcing the closure of schools nationwide to help
control the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he asked
all elementary, middle and high schools to remain closed until spring holidays
begin in late March. The measure comes amid growing concern about the rise in
the number of untraceable cases in northern Japan and elsewhere. Japan now has
more than 890 cases, including 705
from a quarantined cruise ship
. Officials in Japan’s northernmost
main island of Hokkaido said earlier Thursday they were closing all 1,600
elementary and middle schools in the island prefecture, with the governor
saying the coming one to two weeks are crucial in fighting the virus.

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