Coronavirus emergency prolonged in Tokyo and 18 other prefectures

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The government’s state of emergency over the novel coronavirus pandemic was extended Monday in Tokyo and 18 other prefectures.

The state of emergency, based on the special law to fight the virus, is now expected to last until September 30. It was scheduled to end on Sunday. The 18 prefectures other than Tokyo include Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, all neighboring the Japanese capital, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo in western Japan, Hokkaido in northern Japan, and Okinawa in southern Japan.

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Food and beverage establishments in prefectures in a state of emergency continue to be urged by the respective local authorities to close at 8 p.m. or earlier as long as the ban on serving alcohol remains in effect.

The government aims to ease tensions on medical systems in the prefectures in the hope of lifting the emergency.

Northeast Miyagi Prefecture and West Okayama Prefecture moved from state of emergency to pre-emergency on Monday, joining six other prefectures, including Fukushima in northeast Japan and Ishikawa in Japan. central Japan. The pre-emergency phase has also been extended and will last until the end of September.

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Meanwhile, six prefectures – Toyama in central Japan, Yamanashi, west of Tokyo, Ehime and Kochi in western Japan, and Saga and Nagasaki in southwestern Japan – saw their designation of pre-emergency lifted Sunday at the end of the day.

In pre-emergency areas, catering establishments have been allowed to offer alcoholic beverages until 7 p.m. if prefectural governors conclude that new cases of novel coronavirus infections are on a downward trend.

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From Monday they are allowed to serve alcohol until 8 p.m. and operate until 9 p.m.

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