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COVID-19 Emergency May Be Extended in Hokkaido, Okinawa

COVID-19 Emergency May Be Extended in Hokkaido, Okinawa

   Tokyo, June 11 (Jiji Press)--With the ongoing state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic due to expire on June 20, the Japanese government may decide to extend the state of emergency in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido and the southern prefecture of Okinawa.
   A total of 10 prefectures, also including Tokyo, the central prefecture of Aichi, the western prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama and Hiroshima and the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka, are under the state of emergency now.
   With the eight prefectures other than Hokkaido and Okinawa seeing signs of improvement in the pandemic situation, the national government is inclined to allow the eight to shift to the pre-emergency stage, informed sources said.
   Meanwhile, the situation in Okinawa remains severe. The government will decide whether to end the state of emergency there based partly on local communities' opinions.
   The government is also closely watching the situation in Hokkaido.

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