A man walks a bicycle through an almost empty street in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Kyodo

Coronavirus: Japan set to declare state of emergency amid surge in infections

  • Such a declaration, the first of its kind in Japan, would restrict individual rights and allowing prefectural governors to call for specific action
  • It has been made necessary by a rapid nationwide spike in cases that poses significant risks to lives and the economy, an official said
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A man walks a bicycle through an almost empty street in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Kyodo
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