All national papers reported that the GOJ is expected to lift the state of emergency today for 39 prefectures, including Ibaraki, Aichi, and three other prefectures designated as areas that warrant special attention on the grounds that a spike in new cases in those areas is unlikely since they have seen no or only few new cases for a while. The emergency declaration for Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Kyoto, and four other prefectures will remain in place for the time being. Although the numbers of new cases have been relatively small in Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Hyogo for the past week, the GOJ will still keep the state of emergency in place in those areas based on the assessment that lifting it might encourage people to travel to and from neighboring Tokyo or Osaka, which could trigger an outbreak. The GOJ is likely to decide whether to maintain the state of emergency in the eight remaining prefectures on May 21 while considering the numbers of cases in the preceding week. Prime Minister Abe plans to hold a press conference this evening to explain these decisions.