Japan lifted a state of emergency because of COVID-19 in 6 prefectures

The Japanese government has just decided to lift the emergency because of the COVID-19 acute respiratory infection epidemic in 6 out of 10 provinces.

On February 26, the Japanese government decided to lift the emergency situation ahead of time due to the COVID-19 acute respiratory infection epidemic in 6 out of 10 provinces.

According to this decision, the state of emergency will be lifted in Aichi, Gifu, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures from February 28 as the disease situation in these localities has improved markedly. As such, a state of emergency will be maintained in the capital Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures including Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa.

In recent times, the epidemic situation in Japan has improved significantly thanks to the introduction of a state of emergency. On February 25, the country recorded only 1,076 new infections, down from a peak of 7,863 on Jan. 8, and 74 deaths, down 63 percent from a peak of 121 earlier this month. Notably, with 340 cases in Tokyo, this is the 19th consecutive day the number of new infections in the Japanese capital is below 500.

Against this backdrop, on February 22, the central central Aichi prefectural government asked the government to lift the emergency there, citing the slow spread of the spread and the improvement in the health system. The prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Gifu and Fukuoka then came up with similar suggestions.

Even so, health experts are still cautious about the development of the COVID-19 epidemic in this country. During a recent meeting, experts from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) stated that the number of new cases has decreased after the emergency was declared, but the rate of decline has slowed. since mid-February. Hospitals are under pressure, although not as great as before. Therefore, they recommend that efforts should be continued to control the disease.

Meanwhile, on February 25, President of the Japanese Medical Association Toshio Nakagawa expressed concern about the possibility of people losing their guard after the emergency was lifted. According to him, the early lifting of the emergency could “send the wrong message that everything is fine”.

Japan declared a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures within a month on January 7. Thereafter, the scope of emergency applications was expanded to 11 provinces.

However, on February 2, Prime Minister Suga decided to just lift the emergency situation in Tochigi prefecture, while extending the time of applying the state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other provinces until July 7. / 3.