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GOJ to reinstate state of emergency for Tokyo’s three neighboring prefectures

  • July 29, 2021
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All broadcasters reported that the GOJ is likely to declare a fresh COVID-19 state of emergency for Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba tomorrow after the governors of the three prefectures file a joint request later today. Although the GOJ was reportedly hesitant up until a few days ago to reinstate the state of emergency on account of the steady vaccine rollout and decrease in the number of seriously ill patients, it was apparently forced to change course in the face of the sudden spike in new cases in Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures on Tuesday and Wednesday. Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Nishimura suggested at the Diet today that the GOJ would heed the anticipated request for a new state of emergency since the prefectural authorities understand the local infection and healthcare situation better than the central government. Asahi ran a similar story, adding that the state of emergency will also be reinstated for Osaka in response to a strong surge in new cases there.

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