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Japan Seeks to Extend Virus Emergency Covering Tokyo to May 31

  • Measures to be expanded to include Aichi, Fukuoka prefectures
  • Minister says May visit by IOC’s president would be difficult
Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo, Japan.

Photographer: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended a state of emergency that covers Tokyo and expanded it to two more regions hit by rising virus cases, in an attempt to stem infections ahead of the capital’s hosting of the Olympics in less than three months.

The move announced Friday adds the industrial region of Aichi and the southern prefecture of Fukuoka to areas subject to restrictions. It also extends the state of emergency already in place for Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto until the end of May.