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Tokyo reports more than 40 new coronavirus cases for 2nd straight day -Jiji

TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) - The Japanese capital of Tokyo reported more than 40 new cases of coronavirus infections on Thursday for the second day running, Jiji News reported.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike late on Wednesday held an emergency news conference to warn of the risk of an explosive rise in infections, asking residents to avoid non-essential outings until April 12.

The city has become the centre of Japan's coronavirus epidemic, with more than 250 cases. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by David Dolan)