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Medical institutions are seeing a lightening in their coronavirus caseload, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Sunday in yet another indication the government is set to lift the state of emergency for the Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido.

“The number of new infections has been falling each day and that is also the case in areas under the state of emergency,” Kato said, referring to the prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido.

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