Japan PM Abe asks big-event organizers to mull cancelations for next 2 weeks

26, Feb. 2020

(Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a meeting of a government task force on the viral outbreak on Feb. 26, 2020.)
(Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a meeting of a government task force on the viral outbreak on Feb. 26, 2020.)

TOKYO, Kyodo - The government will ask organizers of big sports and cultural events to consider canceling or postponing them for the next two weeks, a critical time for Japan to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.

Speaking at a meeting of a government task force on the viral outbreak, Abe said big events are feared to raise transmission risks. (Kyodo)