Tokyo governor, others urge Japan's government to declare coronavirus emergency

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Year-end shoppers wearing protective face masks are seen at a shopping and amusement district, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - The governors of Tokyo and three other Japanese prefectures urged the government on Saturday to declare a state of emergency following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters at a briefing after meeting the governors that the government would need to hear from experts before deciding on whether to make an emergency declaration.

New COVID-19 infections in Tokyo hit a record 1,337 on Dec. 31, and on Friday numbered 783. A nationwide record was also set on Dec. 31 with 4,520 new cases.

(Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Kim Coghill)