Japan‘s nationalhas lagged, and most people in the capital still have not been inoculated as infections have surged.
The raised status announced bywill allow Tokyo’s governor to mandate shorter opening hours for bars and restaurants, along with punishments for violators and compensation for those who comply. The measures are to begin Monday and continue through May 11.
many of Tokyo’s cases have been linked to nightlife and dining, though they have recently spread to offices, elderly care facilities, and schools.
Suga also raised the alert level for Kyoto in western Japan and the southern island prefecture of Okinawa, wherein recent weeks. To discourage travel, the new status will continue through May 5, the end of Japan‘s “Golden Week” holidays.
“We will do everything to contain infections within the affected areas and prevent them fromthe country,” Suga told reporters. Under the measures, people are . Health officials will patrol bars and restaurants to ensure safety measures are observed, and , Suga said.
On Monday, the alert status was raised for three other, neighboring Hyogo, and Miyagi in the north. Since early March, they have had sharp increases in daily cases, soon after that began in January.
The stepsafter the emergency was lifted for Tokyo, underscoring the difficulty of balancing anti-virus measures and the economy. Suga’s in enacting anti-virus measures out of a reluctance to damage the pandemic-hit economy further.
Osaka has declared a medical emergency after its hospitals became overwhelmed with newthere off public roads.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who asked Suga’s government to boost the capital’s alert level, said she is alarmed by the recentand the possible impact of new variants. She to avoid unnecessary trips and practice social distancing. Koike is expected to order at 8 p.m.
Just over 1in Japan, or less than 1% of the population, have received the first of two vaccine doses. The surge in cases may cause further cancellations of Olympic-related .
Inoculations started in mid-February for medical workers. Older adults are scheduled to get their shots startingthrough late June. The rest of the population will likely have to wait until about July, making it almost impossible for begin on July 23.
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