Tokyo – Japan plans to lift all emergency measures when coronavirus emergency measures end later this week as infections slow and the country tries to revive the economy.
Officials in charge of coronavirus control sought advice from experts in a meeting on Tuesday, with some experts previously supporting a partial relaxation of restrictions. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will announce emergency relief and plans for it later on Tuesday.
If all measures are lifted, Japan will be completely free of the need for a state of emergency for the first time since April. Government officials are preparing to ease restrictions by implementing other schemes such as vaccine passports and virus testing.
The emergency measures for all 27 prefectures will expire at the end of September. Some experts say that they want to reduce the emergency situation in the first 19 areas to semi-emergency so that the infection does not recover quickly and the government is considering this strategy. it has been reported.
The emergency situations were mainly in the form of reduced opening hours of restaurants and bars and demand for serving alcohol. The governors of Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto have said they will maintain these requirements while closely monitoring the virus situation.
Japan is eager to expand its social and economic activities while balancing the need to prevent the next wave of infections. The ruling party’s choice to replace Mr Suga later this week has put pressure on the transitional government to maintain an effective viral strategy ahead of parliamentary elections two months later.
Health Minister Norihisa Tamura warned people to be cautious as cold weather raises concerns about a resurgence.
He said restaurants and other business establishments that currently closed early should gradually return to normal times, while officials strengthen their health care systems to prepare for the next outbreak.
Japan’s fifth ongoing state of emergency, declared in April, has repeatedly expanded and expanded, making it the longest since the pandemic began last year. Despite public malaise and dissatisfaction with the counterintelligence, Japan eschews the more restrictive lockdowns imposed elsewhere, which has recorded nearly 1.69 million infections and 17,500 deaths from COVID-19. I was successful in doing so.
Infections began to worsen in July and peaked in mid-August after the Olympics, with Tokyo alone reporting more than 5,000 cases and more than 25,000 nationwide. Thousands of patients who could not get beds in the hospital had to recover from their illness at home.
Olympic and government officials have denied that the sport has directly created excitement, but experts say the festive atmosphere has made people more socially active and indirectly more responsible.
Prime Minister Suga decided to resign as leader and prime minister after facing criticism of the government’s anti-virus measures and allegations of hosting the Olympics during a pandemic despite public opposition.
The number of daily reported cases across the country has come down to around 2,000, less than a tenth of its peak in mid-August. Experts attributed the progress to vaccination (56 percent of the population is fully vaccinated) and increasing efforts by people to distance themselves after being wary of the collapse of the medical system. Think of.
Immunization Minister Taro Kono recently said Japan was preparing to give boosters to health professionals and the elderly by the end of this year, beginning next year.
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