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Eight more prefectures to be placed under COVID-19 state of emergency 

  • August 26, 2021
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All national papers reported on the official GOJ decision yesterday to place Hokkaido, Miyagi, Gifu, Aichi, and four other prefectures under a state of emergency from Aug. 27 through Sept. 12 on account of the coronavirus resurgence there. Kochi, Saga, Nagasaki, and Miyazaki will be placed under a quasi-state of emergency for the same period. As a result, almost 70% of the nation’s 47 prefectures will be covered by either a state of emergency or a quasi-state of emergency. During a press conference last night, Prime Minister Suga sounded the alarm about the spread of the Delta variant. At the same time, however, he stressed that about 60% of the public will have been fully vaccinated by the end of September, equivalent to the levels in the U.S. and UK, adding that the light at the end of the tunnel is now “clearly in sight.” The premier said the number of seriously ill patients, hospitalization rate, and percentage of vaccinated people in each prefecture will be taken into account when considering when to lift the emergency declaration.    

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