Japan prolonged the Covid-19 emergency


Japan will extend its state of emergency due to Covid-19 until March 7

The Japanese government plans to extend the emergency caused by Covid-19 by one month, to March 7, for most of the provinces that are taking this measure.

The Japanese government will decide to prolong the application of the state of emergency based on six indicators. Photo: AFP

According to Nikkei Asia Magazine, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency on January 7 for four provinces / cities, including: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba. Come January 13, Japan adding 7 prefectures, including: Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Gifu, Fukuoka, and Tochigi to the list of localities subject to emergencies.

The Japanese government will decide to prolong the emergency based on six indicators, including the number of new infections per 100,000 people last week and the experts’ assessment at today’s meeting 2/2.

As for Tokyo alone, in order to get rid of the emergency, the average number of new Covid-19 cases per day in the capital must be less than 500, although the number of people infected there has recently started to decline, but still above 500.

According to a recent Nikkei public opinion poll, about 45% of respondents said that the emergency should be expanded in all provinces that are applying this measure. The remaining 90% of respondents agree that measures against the Covid-19 epidemic should be expanded under certain conditions; only 6% said that urgent measures need to be lifted in all areas.

Japan Times, citing an unnamed Japanese official, said Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures will remain in a state of emergency, along with the prefectures: Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka.

Tochigi prefecture, located north of Tokyo, will have its emergency status removed, as the Covid-19 epidemic here has improved significantly. Meanwhile, Okinawa prefecture, which was previously considered to be added to the list of localities facing an emergency due to Covid-19 outbreaks in some remote islands, will be out of this list. anonymity said.

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