TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s government is preparing for a third state of emergency in Tokyo, the western capital near Osaka, following requests from local leaders who say current measures do not prevent the rapid rise of coronavirus infections.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugan’s key ministers met late Wednesday to discuss details before deciding on a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, neighboring Kyoto and Hyogo later this week.
The worst-hit region, Osaka, reported 1,242 new cases on Wednesday, a new high for the prefecture, up from 843 in Tokyo.
Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said on Tuesday that the current emphasis on less bars and restaurants was ineffective and called for a state of emergency that would allow for tougher measures, including business closure orders.
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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reportedly planning an emergency period to extend Japan’s annual Golden Week holiday in Japan from late April to early May to stop people traveling.
Current alarm events began on April 5 in Osaka, and since then have expanded to 10 areas, including Tokyo, until early May. Emergency requests underscore the failure of the steps taken by the Suga government as an alternative to a state of emergency with less economic damage.
Suga told reporters he would decide by the end of the week.
Medical experts urged Suga, who has already been criticized for slowing down earlier waves of infections, to move quickly to a state of emergency.
“Time is limited,” said Dr. Shigeru Omi, chief of staff at the parliamentary session. “Obviously, people are not responding to the ongoing events.”
The current alarm measures allow prefectural authorities to issue mandatory orders to bars, restaurants in special areas to work shorter hours for compensation, and sanctions for offenders.
Under a law tightened in February, the new state of emergency will allow authorities to order the closure of enterprises and take other steps. Means for the general public, including wearing a mask and staying at home, will remain mandatory requirements.
At the national level, N aponia registered 541,496 cases, including 9,710 deaths as of Tuesday. Results that are good by world standards but worse than in some other Asian countries without any forced blocking. But people are becoming impatient with less cooperative viral agents.
Japan’s vaccination campaign lags behind many countries. There are very few imported vaccines, while his attempts to develop his own vaccines are still in the early stages.
On Wednesday, local media outlets reported that Japan Aponia would sign an agreement with Pfizer Inc. to supply 50 million doses of vaccine to 50 aponia by September, in addition to the 144 million doses they had signed. That, along with Moderna Inc.’s 50 million-dose contract, would be enough to cover Japan’s adult population of Aponia amid uncertainty over the rare blood clot of the AstraZeneca vaccine.