Osaka Declares Medical Emergency over New Coronavirus

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Osaka, April 7 (Jiji Press)--The government of Osaka Prefecture declared a medical emergency on Wednesday, following a sharp increase in novel coronavirus infections in the western Japan prefecture.

The prefectural government issued a red-light warning under the "Osaka model" system for infection situation assessment at a meeting of its coronavirus countermeasures headquarters on the day.

Osaka confirmed 878 new cases of coronavirus infection Wednesday, marking a record daily high for the second straight day.

"Infections among people in their 20s and 30s are rising almost vertically," Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura told a press conference after the meeting. "With a high rate of infected people (in the prefecture) showing severe symptoms, variants of the novel coronavirus are undeniably responsible for this."

The governor urged residents of the prefecture to refrain from nonessential and nonurgent outings. "While we're requesting almost the same countermeasures as those under a (national government-declared) state of emergency, I want people to act on them fully."

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