Japan PM sets up COVID-19 task force, enacts travel ban

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

Japan Prime Minster Shinzo Abe. (Credit: AP)

 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.

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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.