Japanese Government has decided to expand the state of emergency over the coronavirus to nationwide in an effort to curb its further spread.
Xinhua news agency cited public broadcaster NHK as stating that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the disclosure on Thursday.
On April 7, Japan declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus crisis for seven of the nation’s 47 prefectures. The prefectures covered by the declaration at the time were Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures. But other prefectures’ governors have vehemently been calling to be added to the list, as the virus continues to spread elsewhere in the country.
The declaration is believed to better empower those prefectures’ governors to take enhanced measures to curb the spread of the virus.