Japan's Suga calls on citizens to spend 'silent' New Year to stop coronavirus

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called on citizens on Friday to spend a "silent" New Year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, of which there have been record-breaking infections on a near-daily basis.

Suga also announced a fresh package of 270 billion yen ($2.61 billion) for institutions treating coronavirus patients, adding that a state of emergency is not required at the moment.

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