The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet has fallen to 41.0 percent, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, dropping 8.3 points from the previous poll in January and marking the sharpest fall in nearly two years amid ongoing political scandals.

In the nationwide opinion poll conducted Saturday and Sunday, 82.5 percent said they were either "worried" or "worried to a certain extent" about the negative impact of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on the nation's economy.

While 63.5 percent welcomed the government's decision to prohibit some foreign nationals from entering Japan to prevent the spread of the virus, which originated in China, 30.4 percent said the move was insufficient.