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State of emergency likely to be lifted for Kansai region

  • May 20, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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All national dailies except Asahi noted that the GOJ will probably lift the state of emergency over the coronavirus for Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto tomorrow, quoting Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Nishimura as saying at the Diet yesterday that the three prefectures have met one of the key criteria for discontinuing the emergency – the seven-day rolling average for new cases in the preceding week. Nishimura, who oversees the GOJ’s coronavirus response, said regarding Osaka: “Although the number of patients in serious condition has not yet begun dropping, we have enough hospital beds available.” Osaka Governor Yoshimura told the press on Tuesday that the state of emergency should be lifted for Osaka and its two neighboring prefectures since they have already cleared most of the benchmarks.

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