Aichi, Gifu to Ask to Come under Coronavirus Emergency

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Nagoya, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--Hideaki Omura, governor of Aichi Prefecture, said Monday he plans to work with Gifu Prefecture to ask the Japanese government as early as Tuesday to expand the state of emergency over the novel coronavirus to cover the two central prefectures.

On television, Omura said he will arrange an online conference with economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who oversees the Japanese government's responses to the coronavirus epidemic.

Ahead of the meeting, Omura plans to hold an online meeting with his counterparts from neighboring Gifu and Mie prefectures.

The monthlong coronavirus state of emergency, which came into force on Friday, currently covers Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa.

On Saturday, the governors of the three western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo asked Nishimura to cover them under the state of emergency.

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