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30 prefectures set own standards for business closure requests, as they brace for second outbreak

  • May 29, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 26
  • JMH Translation

With an eye to safeguarding against a “second wave” of the coronavirus, 30 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, or more than 60%, have set standards for issuing requests for business closures and asking people to refrain from nonessential outings, according to a survey conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun. In the same way as the “Tokyo Alert” and the “Osaka Model,” most of the prefectures’ standards provide numerical targets that would trigger the reinstatement of business closures and the stay-at-home request, such as the number of new coronavirus cases and the number of people with unknown infection routes. These moves show prefectures’ increasing vigilance against the resurgence of coronavirus. (Abridged)


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