Japan to declare the second state of emergency

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The Japanese government is planning to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures as early as Thursday in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said at a news conference on Monday that the government is considering declaring a state of emergency for the capital as well as Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa prefectures.

Suga said new cases in those areas remained extremely high in the first three days of the new year and The declaration is likely to remain in effect for around a month.

In cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan and three prefectural governments, the central government plans to tighten rules on events and further encourage business to adopt remote working schemes.