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Japan will strengthen measures in Osaka against COVID-19

Largest city in western Japan sees rebound in cases, putting it ahead of Tokyo

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura gave a press conference on Mar. 31 to announce tighter restrictions following an upturn in confirmed COVID-19 cases.  

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is about to designate Osaka as an area requiring stronger measures against COVID-19 after an upturn in infections, Nikkei learned on Wednesday when 599 new cases were confirmed in the prefecture.

Infections in Osaka prefecture have outstripped Tokyo for the second day running, and have been most serious among young people frequenting bars and restaurants at night.

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