Japan proposes to add four regions to the COVID-19 emergency – Minister

File photo: Smokers observe social distance in Tokyo on July 22 during a smoke break prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was postponed to 2021 due to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Wait for your turn. , 2021. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko / File Photo

July 30, 2021

Makiko Yamazaki

Tokyo (Reuters)-The Japanese government has proposed an emergency situation on Friday in three prefectures, Tokyo, the host city of the Olympic Games, and western Osaka, until August 31, ministers said. The COVID-19 case has surged to national records.

The state of emergency in Tokyo and the southern part of the main island of Okinawa should be extended until August 31st. Economic Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is leading Japan’s pandemic response, told an expert panel.

Experts will approve the proposal and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will officially announce it later on Friday.

The Japanese capital announced a record 3,865 infections a day on Thursday. This is an increase from 3,177 cases the day before. According to domestic media, it exceeded one case a day for the first time in the whole country.

Nishimura pointed out that the medical system is already under burden, and said, “I want to absolutely control the spread of the virus by creating a strong framework for the entire region.”

Suga and the organizers of the Olympics have denied any connection between July 23 and August. 8 Summer Olympics and recent surge.

Athletes and other participants around the world must follow strict rules to prevent the spread of the virus within the “Olympic bubble” or in wider cities. Audiences are banned from most venues.

However, experts are worried that hosting the game has generally sent a misleading message about the need to limit activities to contain the virus as the highly contagious delta variant spreads. ..

Less than 30% of Japanese residents are fully vaccinated. Nishimura reiterated that anyone who wants to be vaccinated should be able to get the vaccine by October or November.

(Report by Makiko Yamazaki, Written by Linda Sieg, Edited by Jacqueline Wong and Michael Perry)

Japan proposes to add four regions to the COVID-19 emergency – Minister

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