FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians sporting protecting face masks make their means at a procuring district on the primary day of the nation’s third state of emergency, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
August 5, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan proposed on Thursday expanding emergency restrictions to eight extra prefectures to struggle a surge in COVID-19 cases, a cupboard minister stated, as worries develop about strains on the nation’s medical system in Olympics host Tokyo and elsewhere.
Officials have warned that coronavirus infections had been surging at an unprecedented tempo as new cases hit file highs in Tokyo, overshadowing the Olympics and including to doubts over the federal government’s dealing with of the pandemic.
Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who’s main Japan’s pandemic response, made the proposal at a gathering of specialists, who had been anticipated to log out. Six prefectures together with Olympic host metropolis Tokyo are already beneath full states of emergency to final via Aug. 31 whereas one other 5 are beneath much less strict “quasi-emergency” directives.
(Reporting by Linda Sieg and Ami Miyazaki; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)