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Japan is considering placing 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and its surrounding area, under a COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency to curb rapidly spreading coronavirus cases, government sources said Monday.

Any declaration of a quasi-emergency hinges on requests made by these prefectures, but the government is preparing to make a decision as early as Wednesday, the sources said, as the highly transmissible omicron variant continues to spread.

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