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GOJ to expand COVID-19 state of emergency to Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures and Osaka

  • July 30, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that in response to the recent spike in new COVID-19 cases, the GOJ is planning to add Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa, the three prefectures surrounding Tokyo, as well as Osaka, to the areas under a COVID-19 state of emergency, effective from Aug. 2 through Aug. 31. This will bring the total number of prefectures under the state of emergency to six, including Tokyo and Okinawa, whose state of emergency will be extended to Aug. 31 from the current end date of Aug. 22. The government is also considering placing Hokkaido, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka under a quasi-state of emergency from Aug. 2 through Aug. 31. Prime Minister Suga told reporters on Thursday that the government is planning to make a formal decision on expanding the state of emergency today after hearing the opinions of experts. Suga stressed that the government is responding to the rise in infections with a strong sense of urgency. Suga plans to hold a news conference today after making a formal decision on the matter.

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