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Osaka governor says pref. hit by 2nd coronavirus wave, seeks youngsters' cooperation

Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura speaks to reporters at the prefectural headquarters on July 20, 2020. (Mainichi/Masaki Ishikawa)

OSAKA -- Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura on July 20 expressed recognition that his western Japan prefecture is "experiencing a second wave, in terms of numbers" of novel coronavirus infections, to reporters at the prefectural headquarters.

The number of new infections rose to 89 people on July 19, the second highest figure Osaka Prefecture has seen following 92 new daily cases found on April 9 under the then coronavirus state of emergency.

Although the figure dropped to 49 on July 20, taking into consideration that there tends to be fewer cases found on Mondays, Gov. Yoshimura said, "We hope to keep a close eye on the numbers from tomorrow. I think the trend (that many young people are getting infected) hasn't changed, so I ask young generations to prevent the spread by all means."

Yoshimura also indicated that he will not restrict movements during the four-day holiday beginning on July 23, by saying, "Restrictions on movements cause severe economic damage but have little effect. I don't intend to ask people to refrain from traveling."

(Japanese original by Masaki Ishikawa, Osaka City News Department)

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