Japan to lift anti-virus measures on 3 prefectures

The Japanese government has decided to lift anti-virus restrictions in three prefectures this week because the COVID situation is improving there.

The intensive preventative measures in Gunma, Ishikawa and Kumamoto prefectures will end on Sunday. That means things like business hours at restaurants can be extended in some cities.

Currently, 10 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, are under the state of emergency while intensive measures remain for five other prefectures.

The government will also make decisions on these restrictions as they are set to expire on June 20.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced that the number of seriously ill people has decreased by 40 from the previous day to 1,015.