Japan chief cabinet secretary Kato says the expert panel has agreed to firmer measures

  • for Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa

The state of emergency was only relaxed 3 weeks ago ... harsher measures incoming already as cases climb. Tokyo reported over 500 new coronavirus cases for two days in a row, its worst streak since early February.

Measures are expected to include bringing forward the closing time for restaurants and bars by one hour to 8 p.m. in densely populated areas

to apply from Monday through May 5 for Kyoto and Okinawa prefectures, and May 11 for Tokyo

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will finalize the decision at a COVID-19 task force meeting in the evening.