Explainer: As COVID-19 cases surge, Japan sticks to “lockdown-lite”

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By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan decided this week to expand COVID-19 curbs to more than 70% of its population, but in contrast to stringent lockdowns in some countries, authorities are relying mainly on requests for self-restraint and peer pressure. With nationwide new cases topping 15,000 a day for the first time this week, expectations are simmering that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga may declare a nationwide state of emergency, although he said on Thursday he was not considering this now. Some ruling lawmakers have also suggested legal changes to allow stricter enforcement of curbs, bu…

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