On 1 May 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo stated that he is considering extending the nationwide state of emergency for an additional month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will announce his final decision on 4 May. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, most areas began transitioning to a “general community quarantine” from an “enhanced community quarantine” on 1 May. Under the new order, some businesses – such as shopping malls – and public transportation may resume operations. However, authorities continue to encourage residents to leave their homes only for essential purposes. Meanwhile, nine high risk areas, including Metro Manila, will remain under an “enhanced community quarantine” until at least 15 May.