Japan expands its COVID-19 state of emergency to 9 areas two months before the Tokyo Olympics

Japan expands its COVID-19 state of emergency to 9 areas two months before the Tokyo Olympics

The three additional areas will join Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures already under the emergency coronavirus restrictions through May 31, Suga announced at a government taskforce meeting Friday. Bars, karaoke parlors and most entertainment facilities are required to close. Business owners who comply will be compensated; those who don’t could face fines.

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