Coronavirus | Japan declares state of emergency in Tokyo area

It kicks in Friday until February 7, and centres around asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and people to stay home and not mingle in crowds.

January 07, 2021 05:12 pm | Updated 05:26 pm IST - Tokyo

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaking at a news conference at the his official residence in Tokyo on January 7.

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaking at a news conference at the his official residence in Tokyo on January 7.

Japan has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three nearby areas as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration at the government task force for the coronavirus. It kicks in Friday until February 7, and centres around asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and people to stay home and not mingle in crowds.

The declaration carries no penalties. But it works as a strong request while Japan juggles to keep the economy going.

Shopping malls and schools will remain open. Movie theatres, museums and other events will be asked to reduce attendance. Places that defy the request will get publicised on a list, while those that comply will be eligible for aid, according to officials.

Coronavirus cases have been surging in Japan after the year-end and New Year's holidays.

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