The Tokyo metropolitan government says two of the 200 or so Japanese people evacuated from China's Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus infections, have been diagnosed with pneumonia.
The Japanese government plans to transport about 650 Japanese who want to return from Wuhan to Japan by chartered plane. The first aircraft arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Wednesday morning.
The metropolitan government says that among the 206 people who arrived, five had symptoms, such as coughing and fever, and were taken to hospitals. It also says two of them, a man in his 40s and another in his 50s, were diagnosed with pneumonia. The five received tests to check whether they were infected with the new virus.
The rest were sent to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. The health ministry says eight of them then showed symptoms of fever, coughing and headache. Seven of them will be hospitalized.
The health ministry is asking people with symptoms to remain hospitalized, and for those with no symptoms, to return home or stay at accommodation provided by the government.
The ministry is also calling on them not to go out for at least one week and to refrain from unnecessary outings in the following week.