Japan Prolongs COVID-19 Pre-Emergency for Tokyo, 12 Other Prefectures

TOKYO – The Japanese government’s quasi-emergency measures for 13 prefectures including Tokyo over the novel coronavirus have been extended until March 6 amid a continuous surge in new cases driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

The pre-emergency restrictions announced by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had been scheduled to end on Feb. 13.

With the addition of Kochi and Wakayama, the measures are now in place for 36 of the country’s 47 prefectures.

In Tokyo, 10,334 people have been newly infected with COVID-19 on Monday. - Florenda Corpuz

(Article cover photo by Din Eugenio)