Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six prefectures

The Prime Minister called on the Japanese to radically reduce the number of contacts.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in major localities to combat coronavirus infection and unveiled a package of stimulus measures to mitigate the negative economic consequences, which he described as one of the largest in the world.

The state of emergency, which will last until May 6, will allow authorities to require people to stay at home, and companies to close down. It will be introduced in Tokyo and six other prefectures, where about 44 percent of Japan’s population lives.

“If each of us reduces contact with other people by at least 70 percent, or better yet, 80 percent, we will see a peak in the number of infections in two weeks,” Abe said.

His Cabinet is finalizing a $ 990 billion stimulus package (about 20 percent of Japan’s GDP) to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on the world’s third-largest economy.