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GOJ may lift state of emergency for 34 prefectures before May 31

  • May 11, 2020
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All national dailies wrote on Monday that multiple GOJ sources have told them that the GOJ is making final arrangements to lift the nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak before the planned end date of May 31 in many of the 34 prefectures that are not designated as areas that warrant special attention if they meet certain conditions such as fewer cases and sufficient medical and monitoring systems. The GOJ will decide on May 14 on whether to lift the emergency declaration after hearing the opinions of a government panel of experts. Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura said at a news conference on Sunday that the GOJ is eyeing lifting the state of emergency in many of the 34 prefectures that are not designated as areas that warrant special attention. He added the state of emergency could also be lifted in the 13 prefectures that do warrant special attention if they meet the government-set conditions. Yomiuri wrote, however, that the GOJ considers it to be too early to lift the emergency declaration for Tokyo and Osaka because although the curve is flattening in terms of the number of new cases, a number of new cases are still occurring.

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