Toshimitsu Motegi Foreign Minister of Japan of Friday raised its travel advisory for 11 countries including India, Argentina and South Africa, to Level 3, urging against any trips to the areas during the global coronavirus pandemic.
The countries are expected to soon be added to a list of 100 countries and regions subject to an entry ban for foreign travelers, Motegi said at a press conference.
The other countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
With such bans, international travel to and from Japan has fallen by almost 99%.
There are 100 countries and regions already covered by the entry ban including the US, China and all of Europe.
Japan had imposed national emergency measures to battle the coronavirus, though this was lifted from most parts of the country.
Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said Japan would begin testing 10,000 people in Tokyo, Osaka and the northeastern province of Miyagi starting in early June as part of its efforts to “better understand” the virus’s spread.
Japan has over 16,000 coronavirus cases, while 777 people have died in the country due to the infection.
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