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Japan's second COVID state of emergency: Five things to know

'Limited, concentrated' rules to target Tokyo restaurants -- with no fines for now

The new state of emergency for the Tokyo area is expected to focus on restaurants and bars, which experts see as major virus spreaders.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's coronavirus surge has pushed the government back into emergency mode.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the capital and surrounding areas on Thursday. The same day, Tokyo logged a record 2,447 infections -- another big jump from 1,591 on Wednesday.

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