Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo area amid COVID-19 outbreak
Japan declared a state of emergency for capital Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday.
"The nationwide, rapid spread of the new coronavirus is feared to have a great impact on people's lives and the economy. Based on that, we are issuing a state of emergency," Suga said at a meeting of the government's virus taskforce.
The emergency state would take effect on Friday and run through February 7, Suga said.