All national dailies reported that most of the ten prefectures currently under the coronavirus state of emergency have come to the realization that it would be difficult to end the declaration on May 31 as planned since the infection situation still remains severe despite gradual drops in new cases. Local hospital capacities are reportedly still strained on account of the hospitalization of a large number of people in serious condition. Osaka Governor Yoshimura is expected to ask the GOJ today to extend the declaration, with more prefectural leaders likely to follow.
Asahi and Sankei wrote that the Suga administration is likely to heed their request and decide on Friday to extend the emergency declaration through June 20 to make sure that cases do not rise ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23. The GOJ is also reportedly hoping that a three-week extension will bring the baseline of the epidemic curve to a fairly low level so that a certain number of domestic spectators can be allowed to attend the Games.