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Health minister pessimistic about ending state of emergency on Sept. 12

  • August 30, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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The Monday editions of all national dailies other than Mainichi took up remarks made on a Sunday talk show by Health Minister Tamura, who expressed a cautious view on lifting the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo and elsewhere on Sept. 12 as planned. “The declaration cannot be ended until the number of new cases per day drops to less than 500 in Tokyo,” he was quoted as saying. “It would be extremely difficult to end it under the current circumstances.” He also cited a likely increase in people’s mobility when the new school semester starts in September as a reason for keeping the emergency declaration in place.

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