As Japan nears the planned end of its third state of emergency, infectious disease experts warn that a fourth declaration in Tokyo could be right around the corner. A team of scientists led by Hiroshi Nishiura, a member of the health ministry’s expert panel on the virus, projected that a fourth state of emergency in the capital may become necessary in August if the current emergency is lifted on June 20.
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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to declare states of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures on Friday as the country resorts to contingency measures to contain a fourth wave of the coronavirus.
The first doses of Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be administered to 40,000 essential workers across 100 medical facilities on Wednesday, Taro Kono, the Cabinet minister in charge of vaccines, said during a news conference Tuesday.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday expanded the country’s state of emergency to Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi and Fukuoka, making the order effective in 11 of Japan’s 47 prefectures
Each day that Tokyo has surpassed its own record for new cases of COVID-19, more often than not the country has as well. On Wednesday, the capital reported an unprecedented 1,591 cases, and as of the evening new cases nationwide had passed 6,000 for the first time.
Japan is staring down another critical week of rising COVID-19 cases, as top government officials deferred Friday a decision to extend or expand temporary restrictions on the nation’s Go To Travel campaign before they expire next week.
Scientific and public support for the central government’s travel subsidy campaign is waning as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in urban centers throughout the country.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Tuesday evening that residents in the capital age 65 and over as well as those with pre-existing conditions should refrain from participating in the Go To Travel tourism promotion campaign.
The governor made the announcement shortly after a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Japan set a daily record with more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases — including a new high of 493 in the capital — on Wednesday, following reports Tokyo was expected to raise its virus alert to the highest level Thursday amid an ongoing surge of infections.
Organizers are moving forward in lockstep with plans to host the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer with spectators, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday following a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Hokkaido is in the midst of a sharp rise in new cases of COVID-19, with other prefectures starting to follow suit in what officials warn could be the beginning of an explosive nationwide surge in new infections.
“Revising the law is necessary for our intended results to become reality,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said during an interview with The Japan Times. “Legal authority and financial resources — the central government needs to define and clarify these things.”
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike confirmed the detection of 124 additional cases of the novel coronavirus Friday, following a weeklong surge made worse by a growing number of infections among young people that officials have traced to host and hostess bars, maid cafes and other nightlife destinations.