Japan to add Tokyo, other areas to COVID-19 ‘quasi-emergency’ state
Japan plans to ยิงปลายังไงให้แตก place Tokyo under a fresh month-long “quasi-emergency” state to combat surging COVID-19 case numbers, a minister said on Friday (Apr 9).
This comes less than a month after the capital and host of the Summer Olympics lifted a broader state of emergency.
Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura proposed a month of targeted restrictions in Tokyo, like reduced operating hours for bars and restaurants, along with 24 days of curbs for Kyoto and Okinawa starting on Apr 12.
That would take the period of restrictions through Japan’s annual “Golden Week” holiday season from Apr 29 to May 5.
Japan has so far seen far fewer COVID-19 than many Western nations – about 490,000 cases and 9,300 deaths to date, according to the health ministry – but concerns about a new wave of infections are rising fast, particularly with the summer hosting of the Olympic Games coming up fast.
On Monday, Japan placed the western prefectures of Osaka and Hyogo, along with Miyagi in the northeast, under targeted lockdown measures.
Osaka, home to about 8.8 million people, has been hit especially hard, reporting a record 905 cases on Thursday.
At 545 cases, Tokyo’s Thursday count was just short of a peak since February hit on Wednesday.
“The mutant strain is spreading rapidly, and we are extremely concerned,” said Nishimura, who also heads the country’s coronavirus response, speaking at the start of the meeting with experts.