Tokyo and Beijing have agreed to delay Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Japan as the two countries tackle outbreaks of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Monday.

The visit had originally been planned for early April. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will officially announce the delay later this week, the person said, adding that a new schedule for Xi's visit had not been decided.

The scheduled trip to Tokyo by Xi would be the first state visit by a Chinese president since the arrival of Hu Jintao in May 2008.