Despite the government having just declared that the state of emergency will be extended until March 7 for 10 prefectures, some governors may ask for it to be lifted well before then.

“The state of emergency isn’t something that is just continued lazily. If there is a consistent effect, it’s important that it be lifted in stages,” Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura told a meeting of the National Governors’ Association on Saturday.

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