Japanese Pm Ask Organizers To Cancel Big Events Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

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Added On February 28, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked organizers to consider cancelling or postponing big sport and cultural events in the next two weeks to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.
 
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Abe made the request at a task force meeting on the disease on Wednesday, adding that the next two weeks is seen as a critical time for Japan to contain the spread of the epidemic.   
 
He said quote, "In view of large-scale transmission risks, we have decided to request (organizers) to cancel, postpone or hold sport and cultural events nationwide on a smaller scale than planned for the next two weeks nationwide".
 
Abe's remarks came a day after the government adopted a basic policy to help combat the domestic spread of the novel coronavirus.   
 
A government panel comprising medical experts said the next week or two would be "critical" in assessing the extent the virus has and could spread in Japan.   
 
They added that if a further spread of infections could be curbed or slowed down, then medical experts would have more time preparing to treat infected patients.   
 
As of Wednesday afternoon, Japan confirmed more than 860 infections. Most of them came from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.