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With signs emerging that new COVID-19 cases are peaking, Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said Monday that, for the time being, he will refrain from asking the central government to impose a state of emergency. But he added that he may reconsider if cases go up in the future.

Yoshimura, who said last week he may ask for a more stringent state of emergency amid strains on the health care system in Osaka Prefecture, told reporters that he expects the central government to extend its quasi-emergency, which is set to expire Sunday.

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