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Leading public health expert mentions need to discuss legislation on lockdown 

  • August 6, 2021
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All national dailies reported on press remarks made on Thursday by Chairman Omi of the GOJ coronavirus taskforce subcommittee, who said that it may become necessary to start discussions for introducing legislation on a city lockdown if the current prevention and mitigation measures fail to rein in the explosive increase in COVID-19 infections. He voiced frustration that some people apparently do not share the public health experts’ “sense of crisis” about the ongoing fifth wave triggered by the Delta strain, lamenting that a state of emergency may “no longer be able to deliver the intended results.” While the National Governors Association has also called for legislation on lockdowns, Prime Minister Suga has indicated that such legislation is not appropriate for Japan.   

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