Japan PM Suga announces a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other areas

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures, Kyoto and Hyogo, on Friday (April 23) in an attempt to combat a surge in coronavirus cases three months before the Tokyo Olympics is set to open.

Under the new state of emergency, which affects a quarter of Japan’s 126 million population and is set to run from April 25-May 11, the government will require restaurants, bars and karaoke parlours serving alcohol to close, and big sporting events to be held without spectators.

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