Taiwan issues travel alert for Japan on coronavirus fears

02/14/2020 07:17 PM
Photo courtesy of Kyodo News
Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday issued a basic Level 1 alert for travel to Japan after Tokyo announced several coronavirus (COVID-19) cases whose origins were unknown.

Under the Level 1 "Watch" alert in the government's three-tier travel advisory system, people are advised to respect prevention measures put in place at the destination, according to the CECC.

It said the travel advisory was issued because there have been reports in Japan over the past few days of COVID-19 infection cases with unknown sources, suggesting a potential community spread of the virus.

Japan has recorded 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, with one death, since the epidemic broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December.

Since then, the disease has killed over 1,300 people, mostly in China, while infecting more than 64,000 people worldwide.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)

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