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Suga says current situation doesn’t warrant state of emergency

  • July 31, 2020
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told the press today that although the current rate of increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases is somewhat slower than in March and April, there is an alarming increase in infections in some regions. He also said that according to analysis, the number of seriously ill patients is gradually increasing. However, he also reportedly said that in view of the overall situation, he does not think the declaration of a  state of emergency is warranted and pledged to continue to prevent the spread of the virus while promoting social and economic activities. When asked whether the current situation represents a “second wave” of infection, Suga reportedly said the government does not have a strict definition for “second wave” and will take all necessary measures to be prepared for the next wave of infection.

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