Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated that there is no need to declare a second state of emergency after the country has recorded a record number of daily coronavirus cases.
Japan reported 1,660 infections on Thursday, including 393 in Tokyo, exceeding the record set in early August. This surge prompted Toshio Nakagawa, president of the Tokyo Medical Association, to warn that Japan has entered a third wave of infections.
The first significant increase in cases in the spring forced the then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency, which lasted about seven weeks.
People are encouraged to avoid unnecessary outings and work from home, while restaurants and bars are required to close. Japan does not have the legal power to implement the tough blockade measures adopted in parts of Europe.
Shigeru Omi, head of the Kyodo News expert group, provided advice to the government. He said that if new measures are not taken, “there is no choice but to impose restrictions on social and economic activities.”
But Suga said on Friday that this situation does not guarantee a new state of emergency, adding that there are no plans to modify the government-subsidized campaign to encourage some experts to accuse domestic travel of the spread of the virus.
Chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said this week that only 131 of the 31.8 million people who used the “Go Travel” program between July and October were infected with the virus. In addition, there has not been a single case related to the “eating” campaign launched to support the troubled catering industry.
According to statistics from the public broadcaster NHK, Japan has recorded a total of 114,512 Covid-19 cases, including 712 related to the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The death toll was 1,882, including 13 people on board.