Japan's hard-hit regions may slide back to COVID-19 state of emergency
aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 with shorter business hours for restaurants and bars and stronger calls for teleworking.But those measures have done little to reverse the trend so far, with Osaka reporting a record 1,220 cases on Sunday (Apr 18), two weeks after those restrictions took effect as a
mutant strain fuelled the spread."The fruits of these measures should be appearing now," Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura told reporters in comments carried online."Medical services are also in a dire state, and we've decided that we need a state of emergency. We need stronger measures such as those that would stop the movement of people," he said, adding that Japan's third-most populous prefecture would make the formal request to the government on Tuesday.
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Tokyo is also considering a state-of-emergency request, Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters late on Sunday, in a step backwards as Japan scrambles to bring the pandemic under control ahead of the Summer Olympics.Advertisement"Taking pre-emptive action is crucial right now," Koike said. Tokyo reported 543 new cases on Sunday, the 18th straight day of seven-day increases.Read more: CNA »
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