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Japanese Prime Minister Declares the State of Emergency Over Corona Crisis

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in Tokyo and six other parts of the country following a recent increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the metropolis.

 

The state of emergency lasts for a month.

The measure empowers local governors to encourage people to stay at home and to close businesses. The state of emergency covers the prefectures of Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka, as well as the capital.

Abe made the announcement at a meeting of his coronavirus task force. He is expected to provide more details later in the day.

The prime minister stressed that the state of emergency does not go as far as a complete lockdown as is the case in other countries.

Coronavirus infections in Tokyo have more than doubled to about 1,200 in the past week, with more than 80 new ones on Tuesday.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen above 4000. The country had 93 deaths on Monday.

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