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Osaka chooses not to ask GOJ to lift state of emergency 

  • February 10, 2021
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All national papers reported that the Osaka prefectural government decided yesterday not to ask the central government to lift the COVID-19 state of emergency for the prefecture at this point given that the local healthcare capacity is still under heavy strain despite a steady decrease in new cases. The governors of the two neighboring prefectures of Kyoto and Hyogo are also cautious about ending the state of emergency in the region on account of the infection situation in their jurisdictions. However, the three governors may ask for it to be lifted early next week if the epidemic curve continues to shift downward through the weekend. Aichi Governor Omura also indicated that it is still premature for the state of emergency to be lifted for his prefecture. 

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