Japan PM warns citizens of "unprecedented" economic measures, long battle against COVID-19

Japan PM warns citizens of "unprecedented" economic measures, long battle against COVID-19
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called upon citizens to prepare themselves for the "worst-case scenario" and lengthy battle against COVID-19 that will include unprecedented economic measures, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"In cooperation with local governments, we will take every effort to prevent the spread of infection while anticipating the worst-case scenario", Abe said at a press conference, as broadcast by his press service.

He further warned of a possibility of "an explosive surge in infections" in the country as the number of patients whose transmission route is unknown is increasing. "The situation in Japan may become similar [to the one in Europe] in a short time", the prime minister said.

"We are preparing economic measures of an unprecedented scale that exceeds those during the Lehman Brothers shock", Abe said, adding "I need you to be prepared for a long battle".

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