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The central government is considering fully lifting its COVID-19 quasi-emergency currently covering 18 of the country’s 47 prefectures when they expire on March 21, informed sources said Saturday.

The 18 prefectures include Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi. The government expects occupancy rates for hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, which remain at high levels mainly in major cities, to drop.

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