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Tokyo asks for permission to use Covid emergency powers

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Yuriko Koike, the governor of the city which only came out of a state of emergency on 21 March, said she has asked the government to allow her to make use of a new virus prevention law passed in February.

Under the plan, officials can penalise business owners who fail to comply and compensate those who do.

The latest surge started in western Japan, including Osaka, which has declared a medical emergency after its hospitals became overwhelmed with new cases and the number of daily deaths hit a record 878.

Sky News report

Reuters

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" hospitals became overwhelmed with new cases and the number of daily cases hit a record 878."  The article has been changed at some point from covid deaths to cases...  

 

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Health authorities confirmed 545 new infections in the capital on Thursday.

This is the first time the daily tally has topped 500 for two days in a row since the state of emergency was lifted last month.

Officials now plan to urge bars and restaurants in certain areas to close earlier. They are also asking residents to refrain from unnecessary travel outside the prefecture.

Experts monitoring the situation in Tokyo are concerned about a more infectious variant.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210408_41/

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