At the March 24 cabinet meeting, the government decided to appoint Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau chief Hideki Tarumi to head the new Cabinet Secretariat unit set up to deal with the new coronavirus. The official announcement will be issued on March 25.
The unit was set up on March 23. It will liaise with the national and local governments with the coming into force of the revised special measures law on new types of influenza. The revised law empowers the prime minister to declare a state of emergency.