COVID-19 emergency in Japan extended up to 7 March

Japan has extended the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 health crisis up to March 7. Kyodo news reports that the state of emergency will remain in place in 10 prefectures including Osaka, Aichi and Fukuoka, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a meeting of the government’s COVID-19 task force. Tochigi, north of the capital, will be the only prefecture to have the emergency lifted on Feb. 7 because its situation has significantly improved. “Thanks to the measures and the cooperation of the Japanese people, we are beginning to see clear results,” Suga said at a press conference. “We are asking you to hang on for a little longer so that we can firmly establish a downtrend in infections.”

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