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State of emergency to be lifted for Kansai region today

  • May 21, 2020
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According to all national dailies, the GOJ is expected to lift the state of emergency over the coronavirus for Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo Prefectures today, while maintaining it for Hokkaido as well as Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures for the time being. The number of new patients in the three prefectures of the Kansai region over the last week was below the government’s benchmark of 0.5 per 100,000 people.


Mainichi noted that although the number of new cases in Tokyo has declined rapidly for the past few days apparently as a result of people’s efforts to avoid going out during the Golden Week holidays two weeks ago, the GOJ is still cautious about ending the emergency for the Tokyo metropolitan area out of fear that cases will spike again in the next couple of days as more people have been out and about in the past week or so. Asahi wrote that while the virus appears to have been contained in Chiba and Saitama, the GOJ will keep these prefectures under a state of emergency on account of their “regional integration” with Tokyo and Kanagawa. The GOJ is reportedly likely to decide a week from now whether to maintain the state of emergency for the Tokyo region and Hokkaido.

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