Japan extends state of emergency

apan has extended its state of emergency until the end of May after a government meeting late on Monday. 

The country has so far avoided a widespread outbreak of the virus, but still has around 15,000 confirmed cases and just under 500 deaths that have been linked to Covid-19. Observers have warned there is insufficient testing and that hospitals are already pushed to the limit. 

The state of emergency was due to expire on Wednesday, but will now remain in place until 31 May. It gives governors the authority to ask residents to stay at home and businesses to close. There are no penalties for non-compliance, however.

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