TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s intention is to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas until May 31 as the coronavirus continues to spread, with uncertainty about holding the Olympics just 11 weeks away.
The current state of emergency in western Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures is scheduled to end on Tuesday. Instead, officials are seeking to expand the area և to extend the anti-virus measure to Aichi in central Japan in Fukuoka, south of Japan.
Officials in charge of Japan’s response to COVID-19 are seeking expert approval, with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announcing the measures later Friday.
On Thursday, Tokyo registered 591 new cases of coronavirus infection, which is slightly lower than the state of emergency in the capital last month, but much higher than the 100 recommended by some experts.
The enlargement deepens uncertainty over the alleged visit of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on May 17 և if at least Aponia, one of the least vaccinated countries in the world, can safely host last year’s Summer Olympics, scheduled for July 23-August. 8:
Despite criticism for slowing down viral measures, Suga does not want to hurt the already damaged economy; he has pledged to keep the state of emergency “short and intense”, although experts say it will be too short for more than two weeks to effectively slow down. infections
The ongoing state of emergency in Japan’s third apony և occurred just one month after an earlier incident in Tokyo.
Less severe, quasi-emergencies will be added to the current six in the eight prefectures, where bars and restaurants are due to close soon.
There are about 616,000 cases in Japan, including about 10,500 deaths since the outbreak began. The country has so far managed it without forced blockades, but people are becoming impatient with less cooperative viral measures, making them less effective.
In Osaka, the worst-hit area, medical systems have been hit hard by the outbreak of COVID-19, which has hampered normal health care, experts say. A number of patients have died at home recently as their condition worsened as they waited for vacancies in hospitals.
Last year’s emergency measures, which were issued a year ago and then in January, were toothless and allowed only non-mandatory requirements. The government tightened its anti-virus measures in February, allowing authorities to issue mandatory orders to non-essential businesses to reduce or close their hours, compensating those who break the law.
Disconnection requirements for bars, karaoke and entertainment will remain until the end of May, but department stores are allowed to work shorter hours.
Wearing masks, staying at home այլ Other means remain mandatory for the general public.
The government has been criticized for spreading snail-borne vaccines, which have affected only 2% of the population since vaccination began in mid-February.