Yomiuri and Asahi wrote that during a regular press conference on Friday afternoon, Tokyo Governor Koike released the outline of a roadmap for easing her government’s request for business closures associated with the coronavirus outbreak. According to the governor, the ongoing restrictions on business operations may be lifted gradually when the following conditions are met: 1) the average number of new cases per day is 20 or fewer in the preceding week; 2) the percentage of patients whose infection routes cannot be traced is below 50%; and 3) the overall number of positive tests is declining from week to week. In addition, the TMG will also take into account the number of patients in serious condition, the number of patients being treated at hospitals, and positive rates of PCR diagnostic testing when deciding whether to ease restrictions. She noted that the TMG will continue monitoring these data and that if one of these conditions is not met, she will issue a “Tokyo alert,” warning citizens to practice social distancing and take other precautionary measures more stringently. If the number of new weekly patients exceeds 50, she would issue a request for a business shutdown again.
Asahi noted that the roadmap will take effect on June 1, explaining that even if the GOJ elects to end the state of emergency for Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures on May 21, the governor is set to maintain restrictions on local business operations at least through the end of May in preparation for a possible “second wave” of infections.