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Tokyo releases roadmap for overcoming COVID-19

  • May 22, 2020
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NHK reported that Tokyo Governor Koike announced this afternoon that Tokyo has drawn up a roadmap for overcoming the coronavirus outbreak, saying: “The number of new cases is decreasing, but we want to return to a peaceful life as soon as possible. We will achieve both the prevention of coronavirus infection and economic and social activities. I think everybody is hoping to establish a ‘new normal.'” Koike reportedly explained that there are five pillars to the roadmap:  1) Curb infections as much as possible by staying home while the state of emergency is in place, 2) Restore people’s daily lives and resume social and economic activities through appropriate monitoring, 3) Issue a “Tokyo alert” when there are signs of an outbreak and reissue the stay-at-home request if figures exceed a certain level, 4) Take all necessary measures to be able to respond to the anticipated “second wave,” and 5) Establish a “new normal” in which people are expected to continue to take preventive measures in the prolonged battle against the virus.

 

In addition, Koike reportedly explained that Tokyo has established seven monitoring indicators to determine whether to relax or reissue restrictive measures. According to Koike, as of today, the average number of new cases in Tokyo over the past week was 8.4, the percentage of positive cases where the routes of infection are unknown is 47.5%, the number of seriously ill patients is 42, the number of people hospitalized is 679, and the positive rate of PCR testing is 1.7%. Koike reportedly said that the current figures are below the government criteria for lifting the state of emergency. In addition, Tokyo has reportedly decided on four steps for easing its requests for businesses to close temporarily and will basically ease the restrictions every two weeks from the current Step 0. She reportedly added that professional baseball games and other professional sporting events will be allowed to be held without spectators and restaurants and drinking establishments will be allowed to stay open until 10 p.m. under Step 1. Restrictions will be lifted for cram schools, movie theaters, and other commercial facilities under Step 2. Restrictions will be lifted for entertainment facilities such as game centers and theme parks under Step 3.

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