The government plans to extend the priority measures such as the prevention of spread in 21 prefectures, which are due on February 20, if requested, as it is necessary to continue the measures mainly in urban areas such as Osaka.

On the other hand, in some areas such as Okinawa, the infection situation is improving, and we are considering canceling it.

In areas where priority measures such as prevention of the spread of the new corona have been applied, the speed of spread of infection has slowed, while the number of severely ill cases continues to increase.

"The number of severely ill people will continue to increase for some time," said Omi, chairman of the government's subcommittee.

Under these circumstances, in addition to the three prefectures of Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima, where the priority measures will continue to be applied from January 9, a total of 21 prefectures, including the three prefectures of Kansai, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka, will expire on February 20. increase.

Governor Yoshimura of Osaka Prefecture has indicated that he has forgotten the decision on whether to request the government to issue a state of emergency, but that it is natural to extend the priority measures.

In addition, Hyogo Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture are considering requesting an extension of priority measures, and Shizuoka Prefecture has decided to request an extension.

The government has decided to coordinate with each local government with the policy of extending the priority measures if requested, saying that it is necessary to continue measures mainly in urban areas such as Osaka, considering the situation of beds for severely ill people. I am.

On the other hand, we are also considering canceling priority measures in areas where the infection situation is improving, such as Okinawa, where the average number of newly infected people per week has decreased compared to the previous week.

Then, Prime Minister Kishida is making adjustments in the direction of explaining at the press conference the handling of priority measures and the relaxation of border measures.