Japan’s virus czar enters quarantine, freezing response team

TOKYO — The Japanese minister in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus worked from home Saturday after a government official who accompanied him on a visit to a hospital this month tested positive for COVID-19.

“A member of the Cabinet Secretariat’s office for novel coronavirus disease control was infected with the new coronavirus,” Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister, said in a Twitter post on Saturday. “I am fine with no symptoms, but just in case, I will wait at home.”

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads to Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district — Japan’s equivalent of Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue or London’s Whitehall

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