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Japan declares state of emergency in major till August 31

Japan declares state of emergency in major till August 31

News Desk: Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Okinawa Prefectures on Saturday. The country applied priority measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka Prefectures till August 31.

“Government of Japan applies the declaration of a state of emergency to Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Okinawa Prefectures and applies priority measures to prevent the spread of #COVID19 to Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka Prefectures till August 31st,” tweeted PM’s Office of Japan.

This comes as cases surge throughout the country. The Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed 3,865 new cases on July 29; the nationwide figure was 10,699. This is the highest number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic. Three weeks have passed since the declaration yet there is no sign that the wave of infections slowing, reported NHK World.
“For the period until August 31, we have decided to apply the declaration of a state of emergency to Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Okinawa Prefectures, and to apply priority measures to prevent the spread of disease to Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka Prefectures,” said Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga.

According to the report  by NHK World, states of emergency in Tokyo and Okinawa  was set to expire on August 22. The measures, which already covered the Olympics and Obon holiday, has now been extended to part of the Paralympics, which will start on August 24 and end on September 5.

The Government of Japan has decided to focus on administering vaccines to people in the younger generation.

“From now, we will focus on administering vaccines to people in the younger generation, with the aim of having more than 40 per cent of the public finish receiving their second dose by roughly the last week of August with mild cases over 50 years old and others a revolutionary pharmaceutical treatment that slashes the risk of developing severe symptoms by 70 per cent,” tweeted PM’s Office of Japan.

Japan also urged its citizens to refrain from going out or travelling for non-essential, non-urgent reasons.

“We ask people to refrain from going out or travelling for non-essential, non-urgent reasons, and to be as careful and restrained as possible regarding returning to their hometowns during the summer and other travel,” PM’s Office of Japan tweeted.

“We will continue to do everything in our capacity to implement measures to prevent infections and administer vaccines,” added the tweet.

Companies were urged to implement remote working policies to reduce the number of commuters by 70 per cent. In-office employees should finish their work by 8 pm and go home directly, reported NHK World.