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As of Sunday, 16,550 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Japan, including 820 deaths.

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Last Thursday, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the partial lifting of the state of emergency in much of Japan.

“Based upon the assessment by the experts on the current situation such as the epidemiological situation and medical treatment structure in accordance with the formulated criteria, we have decided to lift the declaration of the state of emergency in the prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo in the Kansai region.”

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Then in a Kyodo News report today, Japan plans to fully lift the state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido on Monday, a minister said Sunday, given a decline in the number of new coronavirus cases and improved medical systems.

Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido were the last remaining areas under the measure among the country’s 47 prefectures.

The Tokyo metropolitan government said 14 new cases of infections in the capital were confirmed on Sunday. It reported just two new cases in the capital Saturday, the lowest single-day tally since Abe declared the state of emergency last month.

But Tokyo has averaged around 7.1 new cases per day for the past week, 10 less than the requirement needed to lift the state of emergency declaration.