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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was expected to come under further pressure this week to explore whether to again declare a virus state of emergency for Tokyo, where hospital beds have been increasingly occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The ratio of those hospital beds in the capital hit 48.5% Sunday, nearing the 50% threshold for the metropolitan government to consider requesting a state of emergency in an attempt to bolster anti-coronavirus measures.

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