The Japanese government will ban people from the Chinese province of Zhejiang from entering the country starting Thursday, to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at a meeting of a taskforce dealing with the virus outbreak on Wednesday.
Abe also referred to virus tests on passengers and crewmembers aboard the Diamond Princess, where 174 cases of infection have been confirmed.
He said he plans to increase the number of tests that can be carried out from about 300 per day to at least 1,000 with the cooperation of municipal and private-sector facilities.
Abe also said he plans to allow local governments to test people with symptoms for the virus.