Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has said that the government plans to declare a quasi-emergency in Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures in response to rising coronavirus case numbers.
The official decision is expected on Friday. The measure will allow local governments to impose targeted strictures before the medical system reaches a state of crisis. It will let governors ask eateries to take stricter precautions.
That could mean banning alcohol sales, closing early or limiting the number of customers. Businesses that comply will be eligible for financial support.