Japan reports 9th death as Hokkaido declares state of emergency

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A man in his 70s who tested positive for the coronavirus died in Japan on Friday after 22 days in hospital, the Japanese Health Ministry says.

The man died in the Wakayama Prefecture on Japan’s Honshū island, south of Osaka.

Separately, the governor in the country’s northernmost prefecture and island, Hokkaido, declared a state of emergency Friday through March 19 in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking at a press conference, Governor Naomichi Suzuki urged residents to stay inside their homes over the weekend. The governor said the number of infections is steadily increasing on the island, which now has the highest number of confirmed cases in Japan outside of the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Officials recently reported 13 cases in Hokkaido.

Source: cnn.com

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