Japan’s PM declares state of emergency in Tokyo amid Covid crisis

Record number of coronavirus cases reported sparking fears hospitals will be overwhelmed

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has declared a state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area, after a record number of coronavirus cases were reported in the capital and across the country.

Suga had come under pressure from his own health experts to take action, as the country battles a third wave of infections far more serious than those seen earlier in the pandemic.

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