Japan considers declaring COVID-19 emergency

Japan considers declaring COVID-19 emergency

Also at the meeting were the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. On Jan. 1, there were 2,730 patients receiving treatment, a record since May when such statistics were first compiled. The head of Japan's pandemic response on Saturday said the government needs to consult with health experts before deciding on another declaration. The state of emergency doesn't enable a full lockdown, but hands more powers to local governments, including to urge residents to stay at home for a certain span of time during the emergency period.

There was no immediate word on whether the governors would seek school closures.

The number of infected people in Tokyo has been increasing rapidly.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Tokyo hit a fresh high on Friday.

The Tokyo metro government has already been requesting restaurants and other establishments to shorten their hours and to close by 10 p.m., but this has not had a significant effect, convincing officials to request the government to issue a declaration.

Suga said the most important thing was protecting the medical system and preventing accelerating virus spread, and did not address the emergency directly. Under a state of emergency, governors of targeted areas have a clear legal basis to make such requests.

Japan's stance against declaring another state of emergency appears to be shifting, as coronavirus infections fuelled by the onset of cold weather showed no signs of abating even after the country stepped up containment measures. The emergency was lifted on May 25.

Yesterday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga promised to hold "safe and secure" Olympics in 2021 despite rising concern over the infection rate. New infections in Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures account for half of all cases nationwide.

There are no penalty provisions for those who do not comply with the requests.

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