Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Japan will lift state of emergency in all regions at the end of the month: NHK

TOKYO – Japan plans to lift its COVID-19 emergency covering all 19 prefectures in late September, broadcaster NHK reported on Monday.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he discussed the easing measures with concerned ministers on Monday, and would seek the views of a government panel of advisers on Tuesday.

“We will take a final decision on the matter tomorrow based on consultations and discussions with the government expert panel,” he told reporters on Monday evening.

If approved, Japan would be free of such emergency sanctions for the first time in nearly six months.

Current measures require restaurants to close early and refrain from serving alcohol. People have been asked to avoid non-essential exits and avoid crossing prefectural borders.

Even as the state of emergency ends, officials are considering imposing some restrictions, according to local media, due to fears of a spike in infections once the country fully opens.

For example, Tokyo is considering limiting restaurant opening hours, and allowing alcohol to be served only in pre-approved eateries, broadcaster NHK reported on Monday.

Japan saw a spike in cases over the summer as it struggled to contain the contagious delta version of COVID-19, which reached a record high of 25,000 new daily infections.

However, that number has come down in recent weeks, and the country recorded more than 2,000 cases on Sunday. More than 57 percent of the population is now fully vaccinated.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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