Japan Confirms 1st Case of Coronavirus Infection From China

Medical workers wait for disinfection after medical aid on "suspected case" during anti-MERS drill at Qingdao Port on June 18, 2015 in Qingdao, Shandong province of China[VCG/Getty/Kyodo]

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A Chinese man has tested positive in Japan’s first confirmed case of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus from China, the Japanese health ministry said Thursday.

The man in his 30s, a resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, returned to Japan on Jan. 6 after traveling to Wuhan, central China where an outbreak of the pneumonia associated with the new virus began in December, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

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