Japan ends Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo region

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Japan on Monday ended the coronavirus state of emergency that was in place in Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures despite growing concerns about a resurgence of new infections and increasing cases of new strains of the virus, dpa reported.

The government declared the state of emergency in the four prefectures in early January and seven other prefectures were added to the measure six days later. It was lifted in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, in February and six other prefectures earlier this month.

Tokyo and the prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, which had been the last remaining regions subject to restrictions, are still struggling to rein in new infections. According to Kyodo News, Japan confirmed 1,119 new cases, including 256 in Tokyo, and 20 Covid-19-related deaths on Sunday, compared with a record 7,851 on 8 January.

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, which started in mid-February, has been slow and much of the public is unlikely to receive it before the opening of the postponed Tokyo Olympics on 23 July.

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