Japan’s government on Tuesday finalized a bill granting the prime minister power to declare a nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Kyodo News, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved the draft, a revised version of a similar 2013 law, and it would now be presented before the parliament.

The bill is expected to be passed by the upper and lower houses on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

If and when an emergency is declared, provincial prefectural governors will be empowered to ask residents to stay indoors, close down schools, and cancel events.

Abe also asked officials

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