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Japan’s PM promises not to give up virus as emergency measures end

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TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed on Sunday to do everything possible to prevent a re-emergence of the coronavirus before the Olympic torch relay այց ahead of a visit to Washington.

Suga was speaking at the annual congress of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party just hours before the end of the Tokyo’s state of emergency. Suga said it was “a very important time” to prevent the virus after the state of emergency was lifted.

“We must not let our guards down to prevent the recurrence of infections,” he said.

On Thursday, Suga announced that months-long emergency measures for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama would end at midnight on Sunday, meaning his government wanted to minimize the burden on business and the economy, despite concerns raised by experts. rise

The cancellation comes just days before the start of the Olympic torch relay from Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo. From the site of the nuclear crisis as a symbol of reconstruction.

Suga renewed his promise to go to the Olympics in July as “proof of victory over the coronavirus” after a one-year delay due to the epidemic. Olympic officials decided on Saturday to ban spectators from abroad.

Suga also wants to keep infections low before his scheduled visit to Washington in early April for his first summit with President Biden. He will be the first foreign leader to meet in person, underscoring the importance of the Japan Aponia-US alliance.

Receiving the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, Suga said he was looking forward to discussing epidemic measures, as well as co-operation in combating China’s growing influence in the region.

“We were still facing the ‘landings’, but we will definitely find light before us,” said Suga.

Suga promised to do his best to protect people’s lives, to protect their health, and to work with them to do everything possible to control infections.

The measures for the Tokyo area have been in effect since January 7, after daily infections reached new heights in the area. The non-binding measure was based on requests from restaurants and bars to close at 8pm and take precautionary measures.

The government will step up virus tests to control new, more contagious versions, pay subsidies for restaurants, and bars that work together to close at 9 p.m.

Experts say they are worried about the possibility of a recurrence of infections, as the decline in infections in the Tokyo area has equaled, և people are tired of the means of preventing viruses.

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