Japan To Expand Virus Emergency as Cases Top 300,000

Few people are seen in Osaka's Shinsekai area on Jan. 12, 2021, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to extend the current state of emergency to another seven prefectures including Osaka and Aichi on Wednesday, as the country’s cumulative total of coronavirus cases exceeded 300,000.

The government informed an advisory board of the planned expansion, which is expected to be approved by a government task force later in the day.

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