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The government’s decision Tuesday to expand its coronavirus state of emergency to seven more prefectures led many people to question the effectiveness of the anti-pandemic measure.

The government will newly put Fukuoka, Gunma, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Kyoto, Shizuoka and Tochigi prefectures under the state of emergency from Friday through Sept. 12. It also plans to extend the ongoing emergency in Tokyo and five other prefectures, previously set to end on Aug. 31, to Sept. 12 as well.

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