May 21, 2020 / 9:33 AM / 2 months ago

Japan may lift Tokyo state of emergency as early as next week: PM

A man wearing a protective mask makes his way under the rain amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 19, 2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said that it was possible that a state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding regions could end as early as next week if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decrease.

“The state of emergency will continue in Tokyo, Hokkaido and other regions. We will meet with experts (on Monday) to update the situation on infections,” Abe told reporters after ending the state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures.

“If the current situation continues, it is possible that the state of emergency could be lifted in those areas.”

Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Toby Chopra

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