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The number of foreign tourists staying at hotels in the normally thronging tourist destination of Kyoto plunged 89.5 percent in March from a year earlier amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey.

The number of visitors from East Asia, where the virus took hold from the start of the year, plummeted even further, with a 98.4 percent slump in travelers from China and a 98.7 percent dive in those from Taiwan, the Kyoto City Tourism Association said.

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