Regarding priority measures such as prevention of spread in 21 prefectures, which will expire on the 20th of this month, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno explained that 16 prefectures have requested extension and 4 prefectures have requested cancellation.


Based on this, the government plans to extend the priority measures in 16 prefectures such as 3 prefectures in Kansai, Hokkaido and Fukuoka, while canceling 5 prefectures such as Okinawa and Yamaguchi.

Of the 36 prefectures to which priority measures such as prevention of spread have been applied for the new corona measures, 21 prefectures will expire on the 20th of this month.



Regarding this, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said at a press conference in the morning, "In addition to the 12 prefectures that have been requested to extend, there are currently requests from Ishikawa, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Saga prefectures. In addition to Yamaguchi Prefecture, there were requests from Yamagata Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, and Okinawa Prefecture. Furthermore, there was a request for extension from Wakayama Prefecture, which will reach its deadline on the 27th. "



Of the 21 prefectures, the government plans to extend the priority measures in 16 prefectures such as Kansai 3 prefectures, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka, and is considering extending Wakayama, which will expire on 27th of this month.



On the other hand, the five prefectures of Okinawa, Yamagata, Shimane, Yamaguchi, and Oita, where the infection situation is improving, will be canceled with a deadline of 20 days.



Prime Minister Kishida will discuss with the relevant ministers on the afternoon of the 17th and will hold a press conference from 7:00 pm on the 17th to clarify the response, and will formally decide after consulting with experts on the 18th.

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