Japan may lift the state of emergency in Tokyo as early as next week if new coronavirus infections remain low, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
“The state of emergency will continue in Tokyo, Hokkaido and other regions. We will meet with experts (on Monday) to update the situation on infections,” Abe told reporters after ending the state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures.
“If the current situation continues, it is possible that the state of emergency could be lifted in those areas.”
Japan has 16,433 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 784 deaths.