Tougher virus restrictions expanded across Japan metropolitan areas

The Japanese government decided Friday to expand tougher COVID-19 restrictions to all three of the country’s major metropolitan areas centering on Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as infections surge less than a month after a state of emergency was lifted.

Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama along with Aichi were added to the list of prefectures subject to the measures, including asking restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m. with fines for noncompliance. The steps will take effect Tuesday and remain in place through the Golden Week holidays until May 11.

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