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Osaka to seek another virus state of emergency declaration

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japantimes– Osaka Prefecture will ask the central government to declare a state of emergency in an effort to reverse the rise in coronavirus cases, the governor of the country’s third-most populous prefecture said Monday.

The decision to request a declaration is expected to be formalized at a task force meeting of the prefectural government on Tuesday.

Osaka and several other prefectures have been in a quasi-emergency state for two weeks, with targeted measures aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19.

“The fruits of these measures should be appearing now, but when we look at the number of infections from yesterday, it was 1,220 cases, which is a record high,” Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura told reporters in comments carried online.

“Medical services are also in a dire state, and we’ve decided that we need a state of emergency.”

The prefecture logged a record 1,220 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.