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Abe remains cautious about issuing another state of emergency 

  • August 7, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Abe said at a news conference on Thursday that since the current coronavirus infection situation in Japan is very different from the situation in April when the GOJ issued a state of emergency, it does not warrant the immediate issue of another state of emergency. Abe said that although there are recent reports of higher numbers of new cases than in April, the number of deaths dropped from 460 in May to 37 in July and the number of seriously ill patients also decreased from 328 to 104. While the premier did not ask people to refrain from traveling during the upcoming Obon summer holidays, he advised them to take steps to prevent infection. 

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