A state of emergency has been declared in Japan over a worsening of the situation with the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The move allows regional authorities to urge people to stay inside, but without punitive measures or legal force.
The state of emergency is expected to last until May 6th.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has previously declared a one-month state of emergency in seven regions. Speaking at a special meeting with medical experts, Mr Abe said: “The areas where the state of emergency is to be applied will be extended from the seven prefectures to all of the prefectures.” As the number of infections in Japan has risen, criticism of Mr Abe’s response is louder. A poll shows that 75% of people think it took the prime minister too long to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo.
After a recent raise in the number of cases in the capital, Tokyo, experts warned that emergency medical facilities in the city could collapse under pressure. Tokyo officials have also called on people to work from home.
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