20:01 Wuhan Pneumonia” The emergency state of 1 capital and 3 counties in Japan’s metropolitan area is determined to be extended to the 21st



Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.  (Reuters file photo)

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. (Reuters file photo)

2021/03/05 20:01

[Special Commissioner in Japan Lin Cuiyi / Tokyo 5th report]Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced this evening that the declaration of the lifting of the state of emergency in the 1 metropolis and 3 prefectures in the metropolitan area will be postponed for two weeks, and the deadline will end on March 21. Yoshihide Suga apologized to the people for the renewal of the extension. He also said that he would devote himself to epidemic prevention to avoid further expansion.

Including Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama prefectures, 1 metropolis and 3 counties entered a state of emergency from January 7 due to the pandemic. The original deadline was 1 month, but the government announced an extension of 1 month in early February. Although the number of new infections has fallen in the past month, the rate of decline has slowed. Local governments worry that premature removal may lead to a re-heating of the epidemic, and the number of infections of mutant virus strains is also on the rise. After expert evaluation, the Japanese government has decided to extend another two weeks. .

Japan’s Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) today has 1,148 new infections in the country. Among them, the number of infections in 1 metropolis and 3 prefectures in the metropolitan area is 301 in Tokyo, 137 in Chiba, 13 in Kanagawa, and 90 in Saitama. In particular, the average number of infections in a single day in Tokyo in the past week has reached 273.6. Since mid-February, the rate of decrease has been blunted, and there is a big gap between the expectation that experts hope to reduce to about 100 new people per day.

According to a report by the Sankei Shimbun, experts believe that the decrease in the number of new infections in the metropolitan area has reached its limit. Even if the emergency is extended without any active measures, the effect of the reduction is very limited and slightly slack. The Tokyo Olympics will be held in July this year. It may expand to a state where more than a thousand people are infected every day.

After Tokyo entered the emergency declaration and extended the period, it intends to impose penalties on restaurants that refuse to cooperate with the shortened business hours in accordance with the newly revised Special Measures Act. The current restaurant business hours are until 8 pm at the latest, even if the state of emergency is on the 21st After the cancellation, the 1st and 3rd counties still hope to require restaurants to continue to shorten their business hours until the end of this month.

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