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Japanese government official: No plans for state of emergency

Japanese government official: No plans for state of emergency
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday that rumors that the country’s government is planning to declare a state of emergency from April 1 over the COVID-19 epidemic were not true.

Top Japanese government spokesman also told reporters that an expected phone meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), had nothing to do with any decision on whether to declare a state of emergency in Japan, Reuters said.

Tokyo will raise its defenses against imported cases by banning the entry of foreigners traveling from the US, China, South Korea and most of Europe, the Asahi newspaper reported on Monday.

However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government had not made any decision on bans.