Japan's Hokkaido declares state of emergency over virus | Inquirer News

Japan’s Hokkaido declares state of emergency over virus

/ 05:43 PM February 28, 2020

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a group of tourists crosses an icy street with their luggage bags in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The Japanese island of Hokkaido is declaring a state of emergency over the rapid spread of the new virus there. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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.

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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.

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