A recent survey on foreign visitors to Japan found that more than a half of those surveyed were not provided with information on the new coronavirus at hotels they were staying, such as where the infection had spread and what precautionary measures could be taken.

The survey, conducted on 256 tourists between Jan. 29 and 30 by Survey Research Center Co., discovered that 55.5 percent of the visitors had to search for information about the outbreak on their own.

The visitors were surveyed at Tokyo Tower at a time when the first suspected case of human-to-human transmission of the virus was reported in Japan and the government started bringing back citizens on charter flights from the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the outbreak began.