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Japan to add Okinawa to COVID state of emergency

As Tokyo Olympics nears, 10 prefectures will be under restrictions

Downtown Naha, Okinawa in March: The daily number of newly infected people in Okinawa crossed 200 for the first time on May 19.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan is considering an expansion of the state of emergency to include Okinawa, as the southern island prefecture sees coronavirus infections surge and medical resources strained.

This is the third time the government will expand the state of emergency since it was declared for Tokyo and the Osaka region last month.

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