Japan is considering reopening its borders to travellers from certain countries with low levels of coronavirus infections, as it starts to release the restrictions on schools, cinemas, sports clubs and department stores.

Media have reported that in the coming months, the government is also planning to allow travellers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand into the country, if they test negative for COVID-19 in two separate tests conducted upon departure from their home country and arrival in Japan.

There have been around 17,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Japan to this point, with roughly 900 deaths, and entry by foreigners has been banned since early February to limit the spread of the virus from overseas visitors.

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