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Japan says no need now for state of emergency

Japan says no need now for state of emergency

Japan says no need now for state of emergency

The Japanese government said on Friday there was no need now to declare a state of emergency, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the previous day described the coronavirus as a “national crisis” following a surge of cases in Tokyo.

Japan at this stage is not in a situation where it needs to issue an emergency declaration, top spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference.

Abe has set up a new crisis task force, seen as a preliminary step towards declaring a state of emergency.

Reporting by Izumi Nakagawa; Editing by Tom Hogue

  • Reuters
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