Japan Declares Coronavirus 'State of Emergency,' Locks Down Tokyo

Japan Declares Coronavirus 'State of Emergency,' Locks Down Tokyo

Japan’s federal government declared a limited state of emergency in its national capital, Tokyo, and three neighboring prefectures on Thursday in an effort to curb transmission of the Chinese coronavirus.

The emergency state will last until at least February 7 and focus on shutting down or restricting service in the capital region’s 150,000 restaurants and bars.

“[E]mergency measures include asking restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m., and residents to refrain from non-urgent outings, more work from home and limiting crowds at sports and other big events to 5,000 people,” Reuters reported on Thursday.

The locked-down capital region includes Tokyo and Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba prefectures, which account for 30 percent of Japan’s population of nearly 127 million people.

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Japan’s government declared a full state of emergency in the same capital region plus northern Japan’s Hokkaido island in April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That lockdown lasted nearly two months

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