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Tokyo governor hints at lockdown if infections surge

Yuriko Koike says capital is in 'critical phase' after 41 new patients confirmed

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks during a news conference on March 25. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Wednesday hinted she would consider a lockdown of Japan's capital should there be a further surge in new coronavirus infections.

Koike said she was not considering such a move at this time, but would consult with experts before making such a call. "In the end, it will come down to a political decision," she told reporters in Tokyo.

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