May 1, 2020 / 10:04 AM / 25 days ago

Japan's Abe says leaning towards extending state of emergency on May 4

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wears a protective mask after a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would review the state of emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on May 4, and was leaning towards extending it by roughly a month.

The medical situation remained tough and further cooperation by citizens was needed, he said, adding that the final decision would depend on the situation in different regions of the country.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; editing by John Stonestreet

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