The Japanese government on Friday announced a new emergency in Tokyo and three other regions due to an increase in cases of coronovirus, with only three months before the Olympic Games.
“Today we decided to declare a state of emergency in the Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo departments of Tokyo,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga noted the increase in fingering caused by new variants of the virus.
Unlike the final state of emergency, which only required establishments to reduce their opening hours, this time they would have to close shops selling liquor, department stores and some shopping centers.
The Japanese epidemic minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, said, “Unless we have strong measures to deal with the crises we have adopted so far, we will not include changes in which there is a greater force of infection.”
The state of emergency will come into force on Sunday and will last until at least May 11. Although the measures are now stricter than the previous ones, these provisions are much lighter than other countries in the previous year.
According to the local press, these measures could be aimed at limiting mobility, with the suspension of some railway connections and some bus lines, as they would coincide with the “Golden Week” holiday – in which many Japanese would travel Take advantage of
Officials of the affected departments may also ban public attendance at sporting events, but officials stressed that these emergency measures will not affect the organization of the University of Tokyo.
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