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Japan PM extends state of emergency over coronavirus until May 31

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike confirmed in a live-streamed video on Sunday that Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told her that the government will extend the emergency status until the end of the month. 

Shinzo Abe on Thursday signalled it would be difficult to lift the emergency on May 6 as originally planned, citing severe conditions in the health-care system. 

The extension means regional governors who are in favour of keeping the measure will be continued to be empowered to put business in suspension and to urge people to stay homes.

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