MADRID, 22 (EUROPA PRESS)
Three Japanese prefectures, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo, will request the central government to lift the state of emergency imposed by the coronavirus pandemic at the end of February before the estimated end date, on March 7.
To this end, the governors of the prefectures will hold an online meeting on Tuesday with the Minister of Economic Revitalization, Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is at the forefront of the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.
For their part, the authorities of the Aichi prefecture, in the center of the country, have indicated that they have already made a similar request to the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The current state of emergency, the second to have been imposed since the pandemic began, was declared on January 7 and affects 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and the surrounding areas.
The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, has been cautious about the possibility of lifting the emergency in the capital, which has registered a “severe” epidemic situation. Thus, it has indicated that Koike also plans to hold a meeting with the governors of the prefectures of Saitama, Ciba and Kanagawa.
Most regions have indicated that there has been an improvement in the health situation and hospital occupancy given the decrease in detected cases, according to information from the Kiodo news agency.
Tokyo, which continues to be the prefecture of the country most affected by the pandemic, has registered 178 cases of COVID-19 in the last day. In total, Japan has found 109,912 infections since the health emergency began.