Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures will ask the central government to declare a state of emergency covering the Keihanshin region as early as on Jan. 9 to deal with the spread of COVID-19.

Osaka officials decided to coordinate the request with the neighboring Kyoto and Hyogo prefectural governments at a meeting of Osaka Prefecture’s COVID-19 task force on Jan. 8. They also decided to ask restaurants and bars in Osaka city to continue to close at 9 p.m. until the state of emergency is issued.

The request is currently effective until Jan. 11.

Once a state of emergency is declared, the targeted businesses will likely be asked to close at 8 p.m.

Residents of Osaka Prefecture will also be asked to refrain from traveling to and from Tokyo and Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures, which are already under the state of emergency.

Source:
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14092004

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