Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has canceled his visit to India even as Tokyo stares at a Covid-19 emergency. Suga was scheduled to visit India for the annual summit.

“Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is postponing plans to visit India and the Philippines on a trip originally set for the end of the month,” Reuters reported state media as saying on Wednesday.

Yoshihide Suga will instead focus on handling a recent surge in coronavirus cases, broadcaster FNN and other media said.

The Japanese Prime Minister visited the United States on April 16 and met with President Joseph Biden in Washington.

Notably, so far, Japan has recorded 540,000 coronavirus cases, of which 9,707 have died.