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New-flu infections hit 130 in Japan,PM seeks calm

The number of new-flu cases in Japan has reached 130 after 34 more infections were confirmed in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures.

The number of new-flu cases in Japan has reached 130 after 34 more infections were confirmed on Monday in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures.

The spread of the new H1N1 A influenza has triggered the closure of almost all schools as well as some kiosks in the two western Japan prefectures.

Prime Minister Taro Aso on Monday called on the public for maintaining calm on the influenza epidemic.

The Japanese government at this stage has no plans to ask citizens to refrain from going on outings,holding meetings or scaling down corporate activity,Aso said.

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Many of the infections have been found among high school students in the two prefectures with no record of recent overseas travel,according to the health ministry and local authorities.

The government task force decided not to upgrade its measures aimed at coping with the spread of the new flu from the current phase II,which refers to an early stage of domestic outbreak.

“Many infected people have received appropriate treatment at an early stage and recovered,” Aso said at the meeting.

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“I would like all people in Japan to act calmly.”

But the premier warned that those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes could fall seriously ill if infected with the flu.

First published on: 18-05-2009 at 02:45:26 pm
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