Some areas of Japan plan to lift the state of emergency ahead of schedule, excluding Tokyo and Osaka

Some areas of Japan plan to lift the state of emergency ahead of schedule, excluding Tokyo and Osaka
May 12, 2020 No Comments News
In this May 1, 2020, photo, people clap their hands to show appreciation for medical workers fighting the coronavirus in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, under a nationwide state of emergency over the virus pandemic. In Japan, the coronavirus has brought not just an epidemic of infections, but also an onslaught of bullying and discrimination against COVID-19 patients, medical workers and others working essential jobs. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)

The Japanese government plans to hold an expert meeting on Thursday (14th) to discuss the lifting of the “emergency declaration” in some areas before the deadline originally set at the end of this month.

The Budget Committee of the House of Representatives of Japan today (11th) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and related cabinet members focused on the “Emergency Declaration” around the new crown epidemic.

Abe said at the meeting that he will consult with experts on Thursday and announce whether he can partially lift the “emergency declaration.” He also said that Japan’s current epidemic situation is moving forward on the road to calm down.

Japanese media reported that currently 47 prefectures in the country, 13 of which are listed as specific vigilance, including Tokyo and Osaka. Although the epidemic situation in these two areas has slowed, there are still many new cases. The government will not discuss the lifting of the ban for the time being. Most of the 34 prefectures have zero diagnoses on most days, and they are only included in the emergency situation for the purpose of restricting the movement of people at the beginning of the month. At present, they will be included in the list of emergency situations according to the number of new infections.

Kang Min, the director of economic regeneration, said that after the cancellation, it is still required to avoid unnecessary movements across the prefectures and to hold large-scale events across the country.

On the other hand, Abe said on the research and development of Japan’s new crown vaccine on the 11th: “The University of Tokyo, Osaka University, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, etc. are advancing research and development, and clinical trials are expected to start as soon as July.”

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