Hiroshima Pref. Considering COVID-19 Pre-Emergency Expansion

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Hiroshima, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)--Hiroshima Prefecture is considering expanding its ongoing novel coronavirus pre-emergency designation to all 23 municipalities--14 cities and nine towns--in the western Japan prefecture, informed sources said Wednesday.

The pre-emergency status currently covers 10 cities and three towns, including the city of Hiroshima, the capital of the prefecture.

The prefectural government will make a decision while monitoring the local infection situation and holding consultations with the central government, according to the sources.

The prefecture was put under the state of pre-emergency over COVID-19 on Sunday, along with Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, and the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.

Eating and drinking establishments in the 13 municipalities currently in the pre-emergency stage are being asked to end daily operations by 8 p.m. and suspend the serving of alcoholic beverages.

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