Coronavirus: Japan PM Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency for one month

Published: Updated:

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared on Tuesday a month-long state of emergency in Tokyo and six other parts of the country over a spike in coronavirus cases.

“As I decided that a situation feared to gravely affect people’s lives and the economy has occurred ... I am declaring a state of emergency,” Abe said.

The measure falls short of the strict lockdowns seen in other parts of the world but empowers local governors to urge people to stay inside and to call for businesses to close.

Read more:

Coronavirus: Dubai announces two-week 24-hour curfew as disinfection continues

Coronavirus: Can it spread through air conditioning?

Coronavirus: Does washing fruit and vegetables with soap prevent infection

For all the latest coronavirus news visit our dedicated page

Top Content Trending