Quasi-emergency measures to end Monday

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Wednesday that the quasi-emergency measures currently applied to Tokyo, Osaka and 16 other prefectures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections will end on Monday as scheduled.

This will be the first time in about two months that there will be no such measures in place since they took effect on Jan. 9.

The priority measures will be ended for Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Aomori, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Ishikawa, Shizuoka, Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Kagawa and Kumamoto prefectures.