The struggle to contain the coronavirus ahead of the holiday season has prompted some local leaders to ask residents to embrace a more extreme precaution: wearing masks at home.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and her counterparts in three neighboring prefectures on Monday wrote a joint message urging older people and people with underlying health issues — and those living with them — to don masks at home during the New Year break. Some other prefectures, including Fukushima and Niigata, have made similar requests.

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