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Covid-19 outbreak: Japan likely to declare emergency

Apr 07, 2020 10:47 IST

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will declare a state of emergency as early as Tuesday in a bid to stop the coronavirus spreading across the country, reports said on Monday. Pressure had been mounting on the government to make the move as the pace of infections continues to accelerate – particularly in the capital Tokyo which has over 1,000 infections alone. Sounding alarm over the high rate of cases that couldn't be traced, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike indicated last week that she would favour a state-of-emergency declaration as a means to help her urge residents to adhere to stronger social-distancing measures.

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