Japan Decides Tokyo-Area Coronavirus Emergency

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Tokyo, Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided Thursday to declare a fresh state of emergency over the coronavirus epidemic, for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, vowing to strengthen countermeasures to contain the resurgence of the virus.

The decision was made at a meeting of the government's coronavirus response headquarters, headed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The state of emergency for Tokyo and Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, based on the special measures law against the coronavirus, will go into effect on Friday and is slated to run until Feb. 7.

Key countermeasures will be implemented at eating and drinking establishments, where infection risks are believed to be high. Such facilities will be asked to shorten operating hours.

"I decided to declare the fresh state of emergency in order to lower the number of infection cases," Suga told a press conference. "I'm determined to improve the situation in one month from now." Suga sought cooperation from members of the public, calling on them to refrain from going out for nonessential reasons after 8 p.m.

The government will boost its subsidies to medical institutions increasing beds for patients of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus by 4.5 million yen per bed in order to maintain the country's medical system, Suga said.

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