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Japan PM plans stronger COVID curbs for Tokyo, 12 other regions – Metro US

Japan PM plans stronger COVID curbs for Tokyo, 12 other regions

FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 pandemic in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 pandemic in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday he planned to impose a state of quasi-emergency, meaning stronger COVID-19 curbs on dining and gatherings, on 13 regions including Tokyo from Jan. 21 to Feb. 13.

He said the government had halted a programme where those vaccinated or with negative test results would be exempted from coronavirus restrictions as virus cases jumped.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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