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Japan proposes adding four regions to COVID-19 emergency: Minister

An existing state of emergency for Tokyo should be extended to Aug. 31, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a panel of experts, who are expected to sign off on the proposal.

July 30, 2021 / 07:40 AM IST
Rank 9 | Japan | GPI score: 1.36 (Image: Reuters)

Rank 9 | Japan | GPI score: 1.36 (Image: Reuters)

Japan’s government on Friday proposed states of emergency in three prefectures near Olympic host city Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, a cabinet minister said, as COVID-19 cases spike to records around the country.

An existing state of emergency for Tokyo should be extended to Aug. 31, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a panel of experts, who are expected to sign off on the proposal.

The Japanese capital announced a record 3,865 daily infections on Thursday, up from 3,177 a day earlier. Daily cases nationwide topped 10,000 for the first time, domestic media reported.
Reuters
first published: Jul 30, 2021 07:40 am
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