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COVID-19 quasi-emergency measures ended Tuesday in all 18 prefectures they had covered, including Tokyo and Osaka, amid a decreasing trend in numbers of new infections.

The move marks the first time since Jan. 8 that the country has no emergency measures in place. But concerns remain that coronavirus cases could rise again due to the highly contagious omicron subvariant BA.2, with movements of people expected to increase significantly as the business and academic year ends in the coming days.

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