Japan will consider expanding coronavirus state of emergency if needed

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga holds a New Year’s press conference at his official residence in Tokyo on January 4, 2021. Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday the government would liaise with other prefectures and check whether the state of emergency over the coronavirus for the greater Tokyo region should be extended to those areas.

The governors of Osaka and Aichi are expected to request being added to the emergency declaration as infections surge in their prefectures.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher

source: reuters.com

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