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Municipalities nationwide are beginning to break with the government’s request to close schools in a bid to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, with some opting to reopen schools earlier than planned after briefly closing their doors.

The city of Urasoe, in Okinawa Prefecture, said Monday that it will move up by three days the restart of all municipally run elementary and junior high schools now closed following the central government’s request. According to the city, the 16 schools there will remain shut until Tuesday, instead of Friday, as earlier planned.

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