Osaka city to close kindergartens, elementary, junior high schools amid virus spread - Kyodo


Posted at Feb 27 2020 05:04 PM

People wearing protective masks are seen in the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, February 24, 2020. Athit Perawongmetha, File Photo, Reuters

TOKYO - Japan's Osaka city has decided to close all public kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools from Feb. 29 to March 13 in a bid to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Kyodo reported on Thursday.

An Osaka city official said the municipal government was holding a meeting late afternoon on Thursday to discuss measures concerning the virus but that he was not aware of the reported decision.

Some 80,000 people in several parts of the world have been infected with the virus, which originated in China. Japan earlier held in quarantine a cruise ship where the disease afflicted dozens of passengers.