Tokyo: Japan has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic for Tokyo and three nearby areas as cases continued to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital.Also Read - COVID-19: China Cancels Beijing Marathon For Second Time in a Row

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration on Thursday at the government task force for the coronavirus. Also Read - With Johannesburg, Pretoria Among Venues, Concerns About India's Tour of SA Amid New COVID Variant's Rise

The declaration kicks in Friday until February 7, and centres around asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 pm and people to stay home and not mingle in crowds. Also Read - New Variant of COVID: Full List of Countries Where B.1.1.529 Has Been Detected