China Daily

Regions push to end state of emergency

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Regional authoritie­s in Japan have urged that emergency pandemic measures be lifted before a scheduled date of March 7, as new COVID-19 cases trend lower, the economy minister said. A surge in cases prompted Japan to declare a state of emergency last month for 11 prefecture­s, requesting residents to curtail activities and businesses to shorten operating hours. The state of emergency will probably be lifted in stages, though businesses will be asked to continue closing early, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Wednesday.

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