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Japan raises travel alerts due to pandemic

  • March 13, 2020
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Japan’s Foreign Ministry has issued travel alerts in response to the coronavirus outbreak for the US state of Washington and a number of countries in the Middle East and Europe. It also raised the alert levels for other parts of Europe. The alert system uses a four-point scale, with level 4 being the highest. The ministry issued a level 2 alert for Swiss canton of Ticino on the border with Italy, as well as Madrid and two other Spanish regions. The warning urges people against non-essential travel. The ministry also issued a level 1 alert, which advises people to use caution, for travel to Iceland, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Andorra and Luxembourg. The ministry has already issued a level 3 alert for five regions in northern Italy and San Marino, advising against travel to these places. It has issued a level 2 alert for other parts of Italy. A level 1 alert has been issued for Germany and France. The level 1 alert for the state of Washington is the first such warn
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