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Japan may fully lift Covid-19 quasi-emergency restrictions

The government is considering ending the emergency measures as scheduled on March 21 in 18 prefectures including Tokyo

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

As the number of new Covid-19 infections continues to drop, the government is considering lifting the current quasi-state of emergency in 18 prefectures including Tokyo. The emergency measures, which were extended for an additional two weeks at the beginning of March, are set to expire on Monday March 21.

The Japan Times reports that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could make an announcement as early as this Wednesday if the government decides to fully remove the quasi-emergency on March 21. 

As of Thursday March 10, the number of new Covid-19 infections have fallen in 15 of the 18 prefectures under quasi-emergency measures and hospital bed occupancy rates are expected to drop. Currently, bed occupancy rates remain above 50 percent in Aichi, Chiba, Hyogo, Kanagawa, Kyoto and Osaka prefectures.

The 18 prefectures currently under a quasi-emergency are: 

  • Aichi
  • Aomori 
  • Chiba
  • Gifu
  • Gunma
  • Hokkaido
  • Hyogo
  • Ibaraki
  • Ishikawa
  • Kagawa
  • Kanagawa
  • Kumamoto
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Saitama
  • Shizuoka
  • Tochigi
  • Tokyo

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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