Japan extends state of emergency amid fears second wave could cripple Tokyo hospitals

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Shinzo Abe says lockdown measures will remain in place in all regions until 31 May

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has extended the country’s state emergency until the end of the month, amid warnings that relaxing social distancing advice too early could flood already crowded hospitals with coronavirus patients.

Abe declared a month-long state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures on 7 April, enabling local governors to request that people avoid unnecessary trips outside and that non-essential businesses close.

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