Despite a recent decrease in the numbers of new COVID-19 infections each day, the situation in Kansai remains precarious, with Osaka Prefecture preparing to discuss a request to have its state of emergency extended into June.

“It’s a very serious situation with the number of seriously ill patients and a lack of hospital beds. It’s not one where we can discuss lifting the state of emergency,” Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura told reporters on Friday.

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