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Japan May Put 3 Western Prefectures under Emergency This Week

Japan May Put 3 Western Prefectures under Emergency This Week

   Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is preparing to expand the novel coronavirus state of emergency to cover the three western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo as early as this week, government sources said Monday.
   Considering the local infection situations after the turn of the year and growing pressures on the medical care systems, the governors of the three prefectures asked the central government on Saturday to put them under the monthlong state of emergency, which came into force for the Tokyo metropolitan area on Friday.
   Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a meeting on Monday with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, health minister Norihisa Tamura, industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama and economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura to discuss how the government should respond to the request.
   One participant in the meeting said the government should declare a state of emergency for the three prefectures at an early date.
   Currently, the coronavirus state of emergency covers Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, which have seen spikes in the number of infection cases.

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