OREANDA-NEWS. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced a second emergency regime for Tokyo and three nearby prefectures due to the spread of the coronavirus. RIA Novosti reports about it.

At a meeting of the headquarters for the fight against coronavirus, the prime minister said that the emergency regime will operate from January 8 to February 7 in the prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture.

As part of the introduced emergency regime, bars and restaurants are recommended to stop serving alcohol at seven in the evening in order to stop working at eight. The authorities promise financial compensation to institutions following these rules.

Employees of Japanese companies will be transferred to a remote mode of work, and the number of participants in major events will be reduced to 50% or no more than 5,000 people.

However, the closure of schools in these prefectures is not yet planned.

Sputnik radio reported last December that Japan had banned foreigners from entering the country.

The announcement of an emergency in Tokyo and three prefectures coincided with an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases detected per day to 2,447, which is about 800 more than the day before.