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Japan PM Suga announces state of emergency for Tokyo area until Feb. 7

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. 

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.  (AP photo)

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday (Jan. 7) declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three adjacent prefectures to combat a rise in coronavirus infections.

The emergency state would take effect on Friday and run through Feb. 7, he said at the start of a government task force meeting on COVID-19 countermeasures.


Updated : 2021-03-06 08:08 GMT+08:00