Japan Mulls Widening State of Emergency

Amid the continued rise in coronavirus cases, Japan is now considering placing seven other prefectures under the state of emergency.

Amid the continued rise in coronavirus cases, Japan is now considering placing seven other prefectures under the state of emergency. 

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the emergency state could be declared for Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo as well as Gifu and Aichi prefectures, on Wednesday.

Authorities are also preparing to include Fukuoka and Tochigi prefectures under new measures. 

Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures were placed under a state of emergency, following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week.

Under the month-long state of emergency, shops are asked to closed earlier in exchange of cash incentives, as well as to urge residents to avoid non-essential travels.

On Monday, Japan recorded 4,928 new cases bringing the total to 298,419. 


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