NHK reported that Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo are planning to formally decide this afternoon to ask the GOJ to extend the state of emergency beyond May 11. TBS said that although the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Osaka has been below 1,000 for three consecutive days, the healthcare system is in a critical situation. The bed occupancy rate for seriously ill COVID-19 patients is 103%, and 73 seriously ill patients are being forced to receive treatment in beds for patients with mild symptoms. The network said the GOJ plans to extend the state of emergency for about two weeks or until the end of May.
TV Asahi reported that it learned from an informed source that Tokyo has formally decided to ask the GOJ to extend the state of emergency today. The network said the number of cases in Tokyo was on the rise even ten days after the prefecture was placed under a state of emergency and the ratio of cases involving the highly contagious N501Y variant of COVID-19 is increasing.