May 4, 2020 / 9:53 AM / a month ago

Japan's Abe asks experts to come up with road map to restart economy

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference where he announces an extension of the nation's state of emergency amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2020. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked experts to come up with a road map for restarting the economy under new lifestyle guidelines within two weeks, he said on Monday, after Japan extended its state of emergency.

Abe also told a news conference that a clinical trial of the drug Avigan was proceeding smoothly and that an application for the use of the antiviral drug Remdesivir for COVID-19 was filed in Japan on Monday.

Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by David Dolan, editing by Ed Osmond

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