Japan is considering extending quasi-emergencies in 10 prefectures by about two weeks, as hospital beds for COVID-19 patients in those areas continue to see high occupancy rates.

Quasi-emergency measures, currently in place in 31 prefectures, are set to expire Sunday. But the government is considering extending them in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo to March 21.

The government is expected to decide later this week in which prefectures the measures will be extended and for how long.