Japan Extending COVID-19 Emergency Situation in Tokyo and Osaka

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Japan Extending COVID-19 Emergency Situation in Tokyo and Osaka

Japanese government revealed on Monday that it plans to extend the current status of emergency declarations for another month in the prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Gifu, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba.

The rate of new infections of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 has decreased, the ratio of elderly people among those infected has increased. The government officially announced the extension this Tuesday, after hearing the opinion of a panel of experts.

Of the 11 prefectures affected by the initial declaration in January, the government is still planning to lift the emergency situation in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. The current state of emergency runs through Sunday, February 7, and a month-long extension could set March 7 as the new end date. [post_ads]

The current emergency situation initially started in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba on Friday, January 8. The Japanese government expanded the situation to seven more prefectures on January 13.

The emergency situation covers eight of the 10 most populous prefectures in Japan and more than half of the country's population.

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