This The Japanese government prepares to end its coronavirus emergency A survey was conducted in five counties in five states on Friday after the incidence rate in five new states dropped sharply across the country.
Kyodo News quoted government sources as saying that emergency measures including Osaka and Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi and Gifu prefectures, including the requirement to close bars and restaurants at 8 pm, will be cancelled. But they will remain in Tokyo and neighboring areas such as Kanagawa, Itatama and Chiba.
Kyodo News said that officials will decide whether Fukuoka may exit the state of emergency after reviewing the number of hospital beds in the southwestern prefecture.
The state of emergency is the second state of emergency in Japan since the beginning of the pandemic. The status began in 1
Although the Japanese authorities do not have the legal power to impose restrictions on companies or individuals, requests to shorten business hours and avoid unnecessary outings seem to be paying off. Companies are encouraged to use remote work, and the maximum number of people participating in large-scale events (such as concerts and sports equipment) is 5,000.
According to data from the public broadcaster NHK, Japan recorded 1065 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, far below the daily peak of nearly 8,000 on January 8. On the same day, the virus caused 74 deaths, down from 121 in early February.
NHK added that the government hopes to lift the state of emergency in the remaining four states on March 7.
Health experts say the lifting of most restrictions should not be seen as a sign that life is returning to normal. Toshio Nakagawa, the head of the Japanese Medical Association, said on Thursday: “It is possible to send the wrong message that everything is fine now.”