Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo area amid COVID-19 outbreak
Updated 16:58, 07-Jan-2021

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. 

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