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Japan Preparing to Lift Virus Pre-emergency for 3 Prefectures

Japan Preparing to Lift Virus Pre-emergency for 3 Prefectures

   Tokyo, June 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is preparing to let the novel coronavirus pre-emergency designations for Gunma, Ishikawa and Kumamoto prefectures expire on June 13 as scheduled, it was learned Friday.
   Extensions are thought to be unnecessary if the current trend of improvements in the state of infections continues in the three prefectures, according to government sources.
   A final decision is expected to be made by Thursday night, when Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is slated to head to Britain for a meeting of leaders from the Group of Seven major industrial nations.
   The government added Gunma in eastern Japan, Ishikawa in central Japan and Kumamoto in southwestern Japan to the list of areas in the pre-emergency stage on May 16. Under the designation, which allows local authorities to take priority steps similar to those under a state of emergency, restaurants and bars have shortened their operating hours.
   "There is a continued downward trend in the number of new infections" in the three prefectures, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference Friday.

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