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GOJ to revise criteria for declaring state of emergency 

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote in their top articles that the GOJ is set to amend the existing criteria for issuing a COVID-19 state of emergency, conjecturing that hospital bed occupancy and hospital admission rates, rather than the number of cases, will be the key factors in view of the fact that the proportion of seriously ill patients among virus carriers has dropped sharply due to the vaccine rollout. “What is important is to protect people’s health and lives,” a GOJ source was quoted as saying. “We will attach more importance to the status of hospital occupancy.” Experts on the coronavirus taskforce subcommittee will discuss how the criteria should be revised ahead of Sept. 12, when the ongoing state of emergency is set to end. 

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