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Japan extends state of emergency by two weeks in Tokyo area

Governors say new COVID-19 cases not falling fast enough

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to reporters in Tokyo on March 3. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, having determined that new COVID-19 infections have not fallen sufficiently to lift the advisory.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Wednesday that the emergency declaration will be kept in place for around two more weeks. Governors of the prefectures surrounding the capital have been anxious about lifting the emergency, which had been set to end March 7.

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