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State of emergency extended for Tokyo, three neighboring prefectures

  • March 6, 2021
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported extensively on Prime Minister Suga’s announcement at a news conference on Friday of the GOJ’s official decision to extend the state of emergency for two weeks until March 21 for Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba. Suga said he made the decision based on the view that two more weeks will be necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19 and carefully monitor the infection situation in the region. The papers wrote that the government is fearful that the levels of hospital bed occupancy in the region remain high and that a resurgence could occur as people’s movements have been increasing in some areas and the pace of decline in the number of new cases has bottomed out in recent weeks. The premier stressed that his administration will cooperate with local municipalities to implement effective measures and urge them to renew their push to limit business hours, promote teleworking, and discourage unnecessary outings.

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