Japan Mulling Pre-Emergency Extension for Tokyo, Others

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Tokyo, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government kicked off on Thursday discussions on extending the COVID-19 pre-emergency designation for Tokyo and other areas beyond the Feb. 13 expiration.

Proposals under consideration include extending the pre-emergency measures to late February, informed sources said.

The move came in line with the government's decision on the same day to put Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, in the COVID-19 pre-emergency stage.

Meanwhile, the government will hold a meeting with a panel of experts on novel coronavirus responses on Friday to compile a set of measures focused on schools and nurseries.

Wakayama will be put under the state of pre-emergency from Saturday until Feb. 27. With the addition of Wakayama, 35 of all 47 prefectures will be under the pre-emergency state.

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