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In surprise, Japan to add 3 prefectures to state of emergency

Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima slammed by COVID, with 3 more under 'quasi' SOE

Tokyo's state of emergency is its third during the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan will declare a state of emergency in three more prefectures hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday, in a surprise move reflecting growing concerns about the virus's spread.

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