Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo, Osaka, and five other prefectures to battle the new coronavirus.
"We have decided to declare a state of emergency because we've judged that a fast spread of the coronavirus nationwide would have an enormous impact on lives and the economy", Abe told parliament earlier in the day.
The new measure, expected to be in place for one month, will empower local governors to urge people to stay inside and to call for businesses to shut down.
According to Abe, the state of emergency will be in place in Tokyo, Osaka, and five more Japanese prefectures: Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo, and Fukuoka.
Japan has confirmed 3,906 COVID-19 cases so far, with the death toll reaching 92. As many as 592 people have recovered, according to the data provided by Johns Hopkins University as of 7 April, 3:30 pm.