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Japan to extend COVID-19 emergency, set road map to lift curbs

Hospitals remain under pressure despite falling infections

Many restaurants remain closed in Tokyo as the COVID-19 state of emergency continues.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government is set to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency again for Tokyo and many other areas Thursday, as hospitals remain under strain despite a falling number of infections, while charting a road map for easing restrictions for when most of the population is vaccinated.

The state of emergency had been slated to end Sunday but will remain in place through Sept. 30 for 19 prefectures, including Hokkaido, Aichi, Osaka and Fukuoka.

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