(NATIONAL REVIEW) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that Japan will close its schools until April in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.
“Efforts have been made to prevent the spread of infection among children in each region, and these one or two weeks will be an extremely critical period,” Abe told ministers ahead of a coronavirus meeting. He added that the government “attaches top priority to the health and safety of children, among others.”
The request specifically mentioned elementary, middle, and high schools, and Abe did not mention universities or day-care centers.
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