ANKARA

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to declare state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus as the confirmed number of cases in the country surged to over 4,500, local media reported.

According to Kyodo News Agency, the state of emergency, the first of its kind in Japan, is expected to be declared on Tuesday which will be effective from Wednesday.

“The declaration, under a recently amended law, will come as Japan seeks to contain a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, which poses a significant risk to life and to the Japanese economy,” the agency quoted government

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