May 1, 2020 / 9:33 AM / a month ago

Japan's Abe says leaning toward extending state of emergency on May 4

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency during a meeting of the new coronavirus task force at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 7, 2020. Franck Robichon/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would review the state of emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on May 4, and was leaning towards extending it by roughly a month.

The medical situation remained tough and further cooperation by citizens was needed, he said, adding that the final decision would depend on the situation in different regions of the country.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; editing by John Stonestreet

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