Japan's Suga calls on citizens to spend "silent New Year" to stop coronavirus

Japanese PM Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called on citizens on Friday to spend a "silent" New Year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has been breaking infection records almost on a daily basis.

Suga also announced a fresh package of 270 billion yen ($2.61 billion) for institutions treating coronavirus patients.

($1 = 103.4800 yen)

(Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)