Prime Minister of Japan Plans to Decree State of Emergency in Tokyo

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THE Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, plans to decree a state of emergency in Tokyo and the surrounding regions to try to stop the advance of the coronavirus.

A few months before the planned Olympic Games in Tokyo, the number of new corona infections in the Japanese capital has risen to a record new high and with the state of emergency, local governments will be able to assume greater powers within their jurisdictions, either by decreeing mandatory confinements or the closure of non-essential establishments, such as bars and restaurants, indicated by Suga himself as the main focuses of the new outbreaks, no thus the schools, which would remain open.

For the first time, more than 2000 cases were registered within one day, as Japanese media reported on Thursday, January 7. It was only the day before that the number climbed above the 1500 mark for the first time.

The decision on whether or not to pass the declaration of a state of emergency for the Tokyo area will likely be passed by the prime minister today.


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