Japan proposes adding four regions to COVID-19 emergency – Minister

TOKYO: Japan’s government on Friday proposed states of emergency through Aug. 31 in three prefectures near Olympic host city Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, a cabinet minister said, as COVID-19 cases spike to records around the country.

Existing states of emergency for Tokyo and southern Okinawa island should be extended to Aug. 31, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is spearheading Japan’s pandemic response, told a panel of experts.

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