Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures seek state of emergency

Osaka and its surrounding prefectures asked the central government to expand a state of emergency to the western cities in an effort to contain the latest COVID-19 outbreak, while Tokyo's new daily infections keep above 2,000 cases on Saturday.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, the country's economy minister, told media the situation in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures was severe and the declaration of a wider state of emergency was being considered after a request from the cities' governors.
Japan declared a limited state of emergency in Tokyo and three prefectures neighboring the capital on Thursday to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections, resisting calls from some medics for wider curbs due to the economic damage they would cause.
Tokyo reported 2,268 new daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to the public broadcaster NHK, the third straight day above 2,000.

© Thomson Reuters 2021.
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