Japan Government Mulling Locking Down Tokyo as Cases Soar


Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has been considering a state of emergency in Tokyo and surrounding areas due to the increase of COVID-19 cases and Japan’s vaccine release still more than a month away.

According to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the government would consult an advisory panel before finalizing the emergency declaration plan. 

There are no details yet regarding when the declaration would start and how long it would last. 

Suga has urged people to avoid unnecessary outings and said that stricter preventive measures on virus management would be submitted to the parliament within the month.

Suga also noted that he would be among the first to receive a vaccine when the country will be releasing the vaccines on late February.

The state of emergency currently allows local governments to direct businesses to close.

 The residents are encouraged to stay in their homes, however, there are no penalties for failure to comply. 

Japan has had the fewest Covid-19 cases so far of any Group of Seven country in 2020. 

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