Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.A growing number of coronavirus cases in Japan has prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to announce a state of emergency as soon as Tuesday in Tokyo and six other prefectures in an attempt to slow the outbreak.Abe’s announcement on Monday came as Tokyo reported 83 new cases of COVID-19.“This state of emergency declaration is to ensure the medical care system stays intact and to ask for even more cooperation from the people to avoid contact with each other to reduce infection as much as possible,” the Japanese prime minister said.CORONAVIRUS MEASURE IN JAPAN OF 2 MASKS PER HOME TAKEN AS APRIL FOOL’S JOKE, MOCKED AS ‘ABENOMASK’Abe said experts on a government-commissioned task force urged him to prepare to declare a state of emergency, with the COVID-19 outbreak rapidly expanding in major cities including Tokyo, and hospitals and medical staff overburdened with patients. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday, April 7, to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via

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