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GOJ to closely monitor Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kanagawa before lifting state of emergency

  • May 19, 2020
  • , Asahi , NHK
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NHK reported this morning that while the GOJ is expected to decide whether to lift the state of emergency for the remaining eight prefectures as early as May 21, the number of new cases per 100,000 people over the preceding week is still above the government target in Hokkaido, Tokyo, and Kanagawa. The network said the GOJ will closely monitor the situation in these prefectures before making a decision. The network said although the overall number of new cases in the eight prefectures is on the decline, the number of new cases per 100,000 people over the week until May 18 was 0.8 in Tokyo, 1.05 in Kanagawa, and 1.14 in Hokkaido, exceeding the target of 0.5 or lower.


Asahi speculated that the GOJ may lift the emergency declaration for all three prefectures in the Kansai region – Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo – as the number of new COVID-19 cases has been declining significantly there.

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