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Japan Extends State of Emergency

Japan Extends State of Emergency

Japan’s government has extended emergency COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo and 18 other prefectures until the end of this month to curb infections and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. The state of emergency was extended from September 12 to September 30.

Following the decision of the advisory panel, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the extension was needed to ensure that the medical facilities can cope even in the face of increasing severe infection cases.

Yoshihide Suga had this to say at his press conference, “Inoculation of all those who wish to be vaccinated will be completed in October or November, and from then, we will be able to ease restrictions by using proof of vaccination or testing results.”

State of Emergency – Details by Location

The 19 prefectures under the extended state of emergency are Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Okinawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, Fukuoka, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Shizuoka, Hokkaido, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, and Hiroshima. Six other prefectures will extend their current quasi-state of emergency to September 30, while six more prefectures — Toyama, Yamanashi, Ehime, Kochi, Saga, and Nagasaki — will have restrictions entirely removed, as scheduled, on September 12.

Two of the 21 prefectures under the current state of emergency, Miyagi and Okayama, will instead move to a quasi-state of emergency.

Preventative Measures

Japan’s healthcare system has been struggling to combat the new coronavirus pandemic. Even though the country hosted the Olympic games, it doesn’t look like they will be able to host the club world cup football tournament slated for Tokyo.

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More measures will be enforced to combat the virus and it has been stated that the country will also impose stricter restrictions and limit the number of customers at shopping malls and events. The government will prepare facilities equipped with oxygen stations and will provide certain hospitals with two drugs that are used in antibody cocktail treatment.

Health Minister, Norihisa Tamura, said, “I believe we’re starting to see results, but it’s still too early to lower our guard.”

We very much hope that Japan can turn coronavirus cases back and make a strong comeback sooner rather than later.

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