Photo/Illutration Pupils study at desks widely separated at a closed elementary school in Tokyo's Suginami Ward on March 10. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Prime Minster Shinzo Abe issued instructions at a coronavirus task force meeting to compile concrete steps urgently to reopen schools as a new school year starts in April in Japan, Jiji news agency reported on Friday.

Abe last month asked Japan’s entire school system, from elementary to high schools, to close until spring break late in March to help contain the coronavirus outbreak.