27 October 2021,   17:33
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Japan extends state of emergency until May 31

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he had decided to extend the country’s national state of emergency to May 31.


Abe will consider lifting the state of emergency without waiting for its May 31 expiration if expert advisors decide that is possible based on detailed analysis of regional infection trends, he said at a meeting of the government’s coronavirus task force.


He said his advisors said that Japan had not seen the explosive surge in infections seen in some countries overseas, but the number of new infection cases had not fallen enough and there were regions where the medical system was facing strains.


“Based on that view, I will extend the state of emergency that was announced on April 7 until May 31”, - Abe said, adding that it would remain nationwide.

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