Japan PM Urges People With Cold-Like Symptoms to Avoid Work

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters before leaving his office on Feb. 18, 2020, in Tokyo. Image: Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday advised people across the country not to go to work or school if they develop cold-like symptoms, as the country grapples with the spread of a new coronavirus originating in China.

Workplaces in the country, known for their long hours, need to encourage people to take days off without hesitation if they do not feel well, Abe said.

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