The governor of Japan's third-most populous prefecture stated on Monday that Osaka would ask the government to declare a state of emergency to combat the increase in coronavirus cases.
For the past two weeks, Osaka and several other prefectures have been in a "quasi-emergency" situation, with targeted steps aimed at containing COVID-19's spread. "The fruits of these steps should be appearing now," Hirofumi Yoshimura told reporters in comments posted online. "However, when we look at the number of infections from yesterday, it was 1,220 cases, which is a record high." "Health services are still in critical condition, and we've agreed that a state of emergency is needed."