Japan, WHO to Mitigate Coronavirus Impact on Olympics

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TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday Japan will coordinate closely with the World Health Organization to keep the recent outbreak of a new coronavirus from impacting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

Japan is stepping up efforts to stem the spread of the deadly pneumonia-causing virus, originating in China’s Wuhan, at home as 20 cases of infection have been confirmed so far. Abe said the development of a rapid test kit for the virus is under way so more institutions, including private ones, can conduct screening.

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