Japan braces for double punch of coronavirus, natural disasters


TOKYO (Kyodo) — Local governments in Japan are waking up to the need to prepare for a worst-case scenario — a natural disaster and a coronavirus outbreak hitting their areas at the same time. Despite the end of a state of emergency over the virus outbreak that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared for the entire nation at one point, infections have not gone down to zero and the country is on alert about a resurgence in cases after some cities saw clusters of infections in recent days.

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