Japan to Lift COVID-19 Emergency for 9 Prefectures

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Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to lift its COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo and eight other prefectures upon its expiration on Sunday, informed sources said Wednesday.

The government is set to replace the emergency with pre-emergency status for seven of the nine prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka.

For Okinawa Prefecture, where new COVID-19 cases remain elevated, the government is expected to extend the emergency beyond Sunday.

In areas that have the emergency and pre-emergency designations lifted, the government plans to allow up to 10,000 spectators at large-scale events, the sources said.

The government will make a decision on Thursday after hearing from experts, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

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