Japan’s Hokkaido declares state of emergency over virus
TOKYO — The Japanese island of Hokkaido is declaring a state of emergency over the rapid spread of the new virus there.
The governor says the emergency will continue until mid-March.
He is urging all residents to stay home this weekend, which he says is a critical time to keep the situation from worsening.
The number of cases in Hokkaido has risen rapidly in recent days to 63.
Schools throughout Japan are closing until the end of March.
The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.