• Japan Extends Virus Emergency In Tokyo, Expands Measures To Other Regions
People walk through a popular shopping district in Tokyo amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. (Photo: Reuters-Yonhap)

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Friday that he is extending a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo amid an explosive surge in infections.

He also said the measure would be expanded to four more regions - Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Osaka - effective Monday until August 31.

Restrictions already in place in the Japanese capital will be extended until the end of August after the Olympics and well into the Paralympics.

Tokyo reported a record increase in cases for three days in a row, including 3,865 on Thursday, before logging another 3,300 on Friday, according to the country's health ministry.

Nationwide, Japan reported 10,687 confirmed cases yesterday, exceeding the 10,000 mark for the first time.

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