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Japan to extend quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo and 14 other prefectures

  • March 3, 2022
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All national dailies wrote that the GOJ has decided to extend the COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo and 14 other prefectures because the decline in the number of new cases in these prefectures has been slower than expected and their hospital bed occupancy rates remain high. The extension will probably be for two weeks until March 21. The prefectures where the measures will be extended are Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Hokkaido, Aomori, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Ishikawa, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Kagawa. Currently, 31 of the nation’s 47 prefectures are under a quasi-state of emergency. The government has decided to lift the measure in 11 prefectures and has not yet made a decision on the remaining 5. The government will formally decide on the extension after consulting with a panel of health experts on Friday.

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