Japan Extends Coronavirus State of Emergency through May 31

Politics

Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government Monday extended its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus through May 31 in the fight against the virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease.

At a press conference, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for people's understanding and cooperation while apologizing for the extension, saying, "I'm acutely aware of the responsibility I have."

The government is considering lifting the state of emergency partially if possible before May 31 depending on results of an interim assessment by experts of the spread of the virus and medical care situations expected to take place on May 14.

"If found appropriate, the state of emergency will be lifted without waiting for its expiration," Abe said at a meeting of the government's coronavirus response headquarters.

Abe said stay-at-home and business shutdown requests should be kept in place in the 13 prefectures placed on special coronavirus alert.

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