Japan has expanded its state of emergecny to seven more prefectures and banned all foreign nationals from entering the country amid the growing Covid-19 pandemic, country's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.
Having a death toll of 4,158 and a total of almost 300,000 confirmed positive cases, more than 61,500 patients are in hospitals across the country, foreign reports showed.
Within the last 24 hours, Japan recorded 51 deaths and 4,527 new infections.
Suffering from freezing winter temparatures, Tokyo, the worst to be met with the pandemic, was declared for a state of emergency amid the growing health crisis, and the three neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa last week, to be in place until February 7.
The new announcement expands the order to Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi and Fukuoka, covering much of Japan's main island of Honshu. Eleven prefectures in total are now under emergency measures.
Meanwhile, Japan has also halted the entry of business travelers from 11 Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, in a move to control the spread othe contagion.