Japan urges work from home, staggered shifts to curb coronavirus

Japan urges work from home, staggered shifts to curb coronavirus

The Japanese government urged companies to recommend telecommuting and staggered shifts for workers in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The plan, approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, also urged people with symptoms of cold or fever to stay at home and asked event organizers to carefully consider whether to proceed with their plans.

Japan has 159 cases of infections from the flu-like coronavirus, apart from 691 on a cruise ship docked south of Tokyo. On Tuesday, broadcaster NHK reported a fourth death among passengers.

Rather than trying to contain the disease outright, authorities are seeking to slow its expansion and minimize deaths. Telecommuting, or working online or from home, would reduce the infection risk from people gathered in one place, ABS-CBN news reported.

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