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GOJ to establish new coronavirus taskforce headquarters on March 27

  • March 25, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
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The government is poised to establish a coronavirus taskforce headquarters on March 27 based on the revised special measures law to respond to new types of influenza. The headquarters will work to fortify measures to address the new coronavirus. On March 25, the functions of the advisory committee, which informs the taskforce headquarters, will be expanded. National Institute of Infectious Diseases Director Takaji Wakita, who heads the government’s panel of experts, will join the committee.

 

Under the special measures law, a taskforce headquarters is established after the health minister reports to the prime minister that “there is a great risk of rampant spread [of infection].” Health Minister Kato is expected to make such a report by the end of this week. Once the government’s taskforce headquarters is established, the prefectures will be able to set up prefectural taskforce headquarters headed by their governors, enhancing collaboration between the national and local governments. The government plans to convene the advisory committee to formulate a basic policy on measures against the new coronavirus after the taskforce headquarters is set up.

 

The 26-member advisory committee is composed of infectious disease experts, heads of local governments, and members of the media. The four members of the expert panel, including Wakita, will join the committee. The “basic measures policy consultative committee” within the advisory committee will discuss whether the situation of coronavirus in Japan meets the requirements for declaring a state of emergency.

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