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Japan's Abe Says He Will Declare State Of Emergency As Coronavirus Cases Surge

<img src=’https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2020/04/06/gettyimages-1208997240_wide-c3b4d5d403abd7c03e2a37025126869218b672cf.jpg?s=600’ alt=’Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wearing a protective mask, speaks during a plenary session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, on Friday. Abe says he will declare a state of emergency this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic.’/>

The prime minister confirmed Monday that he would issue the declaration that allows governors of hard-hit prefectures to issue stay-at-home directives.

'It's Madness.' Wisconsin's Election Amid Coronavirus Sparks Anger

<img src=’https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2020/04/05/ap_20090748742693_wide-c497a6624742e8634d6fd34d9c5bf23aacb5dc36.jpg?s=600’ alt=’Workers are seen outside of a city building in Milwaukee, which set up drive-up early voting for the state’s April 7 election in response to the coronavirus outbreak.’/>

Despite the pandemic, the state is forging ahead with its election Tuesday. But many voters, poll workers and local officials are quite upset.

(Image credit: Morry Gash/AP)

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