Japans Economy Minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, said that their government may consider declaring a state of emergency if COVID-19 cases keep rising after more than 1,000 new infections were recorded on Dec 31.
“We have to curb the spread of coronavirus at any cost,” said Nishimura on Twitter.
Japan’s Jiji news agency reported that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had already called emergency talks with ministers regarding the situation.
Nishimura reminded citizens to spend the year-end and New Year holidays only with their families.
Nishimura added that citizens should avoid going back to their hometowns from areas where the virus is spreading to be careful in meeting their elderly parents.
Japan’s total caseload now stands at 231,016, while the death toll has reached 3,427.
Dr. Kutsuna Satoshi of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine waned that there has already been a collapse of the medical service system in Tokyo and that any more cases would make them unable to function.
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