Japan Govt to Put Okinawa under Coronavirus Emergency
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Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is set to declare a coronavirus state of emergency for the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa, which will run from Sunday through June 20, it was learned Friday.
The plan was presented and approved at a meeting of a panel of experts on the government's basic policy on the COVID-19 crisis.
Okinawa will be added to the list of areas under the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency, the third of its kind declared by the Japanese government.
The government also brought forth and received approval for a plan to end the coronavirus pre-emergency stage for the western prefecture of Ehime on Saturday, earlier than the initially planned expiration date of May 31.
Although Okinawa is currently in the pre-emergency stage, Governor Denny Tamaki requested that the central government's coronavirus state of emergency cover his prefecture as well following a spike in the number of new infection cases there.
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