All COVID-19 situations of emergency in Japan will be lifted this week.
For the first time in six months, Japan will emerge from a COVID-19 emergency later this week, according to government officials in Tokyo.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the national emergency will be lifted on Thursday.
Officials stated the decision was made as a result of lowering coronavirus transmissions in Japan.
When the emergency is abolished, the entire country will be free of an emergency proclamation for the first time since April.
Other pandemic-related limitations will be gradually eliminated, according to Suga, as hospital occupancy rates and extremely ill patients fall.
According to Nikkei Asia, he stated, “We need to presume the virus exists and prepare for the next wave.”
For months, Tokyo has been in a state of emergency, which is one of the reasons why all spectators were excluded from the Summer Olympics in July.
On Sunday, there were roughly 1,100 new cases in Japan, down from about 15,000 in early August. According to government statistics, about 60% of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated.
Suga is nearing the end of his term as Prime Minister. On Wednesday, the Liberal Democratic Party will hold a national election to choose who would succeed him.
Suga’s resignation was prompted in part by criticism of his handling of the Japanese flu outbreak.
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