Japan expands Covid-19 emergency

People in Osaka in front of the main train station. The city will come under stricter measures to curb Covid-19 infections. – EPA pic, January 13, 2021.

JAPAN is set to expand a coronavirus state of emergency today to seven more regions, including the major cities of Osaka and Kyoto, as infections surge nationwide.

While the country’s outbreak remains comparatively small, with around 4,100 deaths overall, there has been a sharp spike in cases this winter and medics say hospitals are under heavy strain in the worst-affected areas.

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