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Tokyo-Area Governors Alarmed by Still High Levels of Crowds

Tokyo-Area Governors Alarmed by Still High Levels of Crowds

   Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--Prefectural governors in the greater Tokyo area are alarmed by persistently high levels of crowds even after the national government declared a fresh state of emergency over the COVID-19 epidemic last week.
   Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, at a meeting with the heads of the capital's wards, suggested that people are lowering their guard as they are getting used to life in the epidemic.
   Koike said it is more difficult to reduce crowds under the current and second state of emergency than under the first one, imposed last spring.
   The governor asked the ward heads to encourage residents to refrain from going out and to work from home. "The question is how to halt people's movement," she said.
   The Kanagawa prefectural government is planning to request private hospitals and clinics that have yet to accept COVID-19 patients to do so, after the national government agreed to provide full-fledged financial support for efforts to secure hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, as requested by Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa earlier this week.

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