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Nishimura says decision on extending state of emergency to be made next week

  • January 29, 2021
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NHK reported at noon that Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura told the press today that the GOJ will convene an advisory meeting next week to decide whether to extend the state of emergency beyond Feb. 7. According to the network, Nishimura pointed out that although the number of coronavirus cases in the 11 prefectures under the state of emergency over the preceding week is on a downward trend, there continues to be a shortage of hospital beds and the percentage of elderly people testing positive for the virus is increasing. He reportedly said: “The number of clusters involving bars and restaurants is decreasing. Although I have not checked thoroughly, the number of clusters at bars and restaurants has dropped to about one-tenth of what it was ten days ago. Meanwhile, the number of cases at elderly care facilities is increasing.”

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