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Japan's COVID-19 Emergency to Cover 3 Western Prefectures: Suga

Japan's COVID-19 Emergency to Cover 3 Western Prefectures: Suga

   Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that the government will expand the novel coronavirus state of emergency to cover the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, which have seen spikes in the number of infection cases.
   The prime minister unveiled the plan at a meeting of executives from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
   The COVID-19 state of emergency, which is based on the country's special measures law for the fight against the epidemic, currently covers Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa and is set to run until Feb. 7. The emergency for Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo is expected to be effective through the same date.
   The government will officially decide on the addition of the three western prefectures to the emergency declaration at its coronavirus response headquarters as early as Wednesday, after hearing opinions from experts at an advisory committee meeting.

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