• Kyodo, Staff Report

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The U.S. government said Saturday it will ban the entry of travelers from Iran amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus there, while issuing an alert to U.S. citizens not to travel to some virus-hit areas of South Korea and Italy.

Washington had also reportedly been considering banning entry from Japan as well, amid a spate of new coronavirus cases, with U.S. television network CNN quoting a high-ranking U.S. official as saying that Tokyo may become subject to the entry ban. However, Saturday’s announcement made no mention of Japan.

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