Japan Will End Emergency Situation in Tokyo and Osaka Area on March 21

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Japan Will End Emergency Situation in Tokyo and Osaka Area on March 21

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced this Thursday that they will end current COVID-19 emergency situation in four prefectures in Tokyo region which includes Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama on March 21. Success can end according to plan on Sunday tomorrow.

Japanese government declared current state of emergency in Tokyo and prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba on January 8. Japanese government expanded emergency situation to seven more prefectures on January 13. Emergency situation was planned to end on February 7, but was extended to March 7 in prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Gifu, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba. Emergency situation covers eight of Japan's 10 most populous prefectures and more than half of country's population.

Government lifted state of emergency in six prefectures including Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka on March 1.

Japan started its COVID-19 vaccination plan on February 17, and is currently prioritizing medical workers. Second phase is planned to start on April 12, involving elderly.

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