Japan looks to lift emergency declaration in most regions

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The government is considering lifting the state of emergency declaration in most Japanese prefectures this month over the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday, although it will keep urging caution in Tokyo and some other areas.

Out of the nation’s 47 prefectures, the government is looking to end the declaration in 34 as early as Thursday if they meet certain conditions such as seeing fewer infections every week and having sufficient medical and monitoring systems, the officials said.

A government panel of experts on communicable diseases is expected to meet Thursday and assess the current situation.

“We’re eyeing

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