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Japan Declares Virus Emergency for Tokyo Area Amid Record Cases

  • New cases in Japan’s capital leap to 2,447 on Thursday
  • Limited restrictions on activity still seen hurting economy
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Japan's Suga Declares Virus Emergency for Tokyo Area
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency Thursday for Tokyo and adjacent areas, trying to stem Covid-19 infections that hit a daily record in the capital.

The declaration covers the capital and the surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, Suga said, adding it will have an impact on the economy. It will be imposed from Friday until Feb. 7 and comes after the Japanese capital said it had found 2,447 cases of coronavirus Thursday, a record.