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Coronavirus

Abe says Japan aims to approve Avigan as coronavirus treatment

Prime minister also promises 'unprecedented' stimulus measures

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses reporters in Tokyo Saturday, saying the fight against the coronavirus will be prolonged.

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday said his government will compile Japan's "boldest ever" package of economic measures to address the impact of the new coronavirus, while also pushing for quick approval of the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the infected.

"We are on the brink," Abe said at a news conference, referring to the possibility of an explosion of COVID-19 cases in Japan after 63 new infections were confirmed in Tokyo the same day -- the highest number to date.

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