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Osaka governor declares state of emergency

Osaka Prefecture Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura confirmed on Wednesday the region's authorities declared the state of emergency and canceled the Olympic torch's run through its territory amid new spikes in infections from COVID-19.

"I would like to ask all residents of Osaka prefecture to refrain from going out unnecessarily. The medical system is in a very tight situation," Yoshimura said.

Earlier this week, Japan's government designated Osaka and two more prefectures, Hyogo and Miyagi, for tighter measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Breaking the News / JR