TOKYO: The Japanese government's upcoming emergency measures against the outbreak of the new coronavirus will include a tightening of immigration checks under closer cooperation between immigration and quarantine authorities, Jiji Press learned on Thursday.
The measures will also include state-backed Japan Finance Corp.'s loans and loan guarantees of up to 600 billion yen for small businesses hit hard by the viral outbreak, including hotels, informed sources said.
The government is slated to finalize the emergency measures at a meeting later on Thursday of its headquarters for responding to the outbreak and adopt them at a cabinet meeting on Friday, the sources said.
As part of the measures, temporary customs, immigration and quarantine checkpoints for cruise ship passengers will be set up mainly at piers.
To prevent transmissions within Japan of the virus originating in China, the government will take steps to speed up virus tests, including the introduction of a whole genome sequence determination system to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The government will work quickly to develop a simple test kit for the coronavirus, as well as drugs and vaccines.
Meanwhile, universities and other schools will be asked to respond flexibly to any discoveries of coronavirus carriers among those who take entrance examinations.
The government will also take measures to support people who have recently returned from China, including children at school.