Government sources have disclosed that Japan is planning to ban the entry of foreigners who have visited the city of Daegu and the neighbouring region of Cheongdo in North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea.

South Korean tourists gather after returning from Israel at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, February 25, 2020. /AP

Meanwhile, South Korea on Wednesday reported 169 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 1,146, according to Yonhap News Agency. 12 people in South Korea have died of the disease, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

About 80 percent of the confirmed cases came from two clusters of infections – a branch of a religious sect in Daegu and a hospital in Cheongdo, according to Yonhap.