Japan Declares Quasi-State of Emergency in 3 Prefectures Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to spot Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima nether a quasi-state of exigency from Sunday until Jan. 31, amid a surge successful the country’s coronavirus cases spurred by the Omicron infections successful U.S. subject bases.

Under the quasi-state of emergency, governors are allowed to enforce stringent measures successful the specified prefectures, specified arsenic shortening concern hours and restricting the serving of intoxicant successful the prefectures.

Certified eating establishments are not taxable to such restrictions during the quasi-emergency, but they volition beryllium asked to halt dine-in intoxicant work amid the government’s effort to curb the dispersed of the virus.

“Infection numbers person been rising nationwide done the year-end, New Year play and assemblage transmissions of Omicron person been reported successful parts of the nation,” Kishida said astatine the task unit meeting, Kyodo News reported.

Japan reported a full of 6,214 caller cases connected Friday, with Okinawa reporting 1,414 cases, Yamaguchi reporting 180 cases, and Hiroshima reporting 429 cases. The Japanese superior of Tokyo reported 922 caller cases of coronavirus, though it has yet to beryllium placed nether quasi-emergency.

Governor Denny Tamaki said connected Tuesday that Okinawa prefecture, big to the immense bulk of U.S. subject bases successful Japan, has entered the sixth question of coronavirus. Tamaki attributed the summation successful coronavirus cases to the Omicron variant detected successful aggregate U.S. subject bases successful Japan.

Japan has detected a full of 1,191 Omicron cases arsenic of Tuesday, including 479 cases considered assemblage transmissions.

Omicron began to dispersed successful Japan aft a clump of infections was discovered astatine the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Hansen successful Okinawa past month, wherever 1 Japanese idiosyncratic tested affirmative for the Omicron variant. Japan past urged the U.S. forces to behaviour genome investigation of the Omicron variant.

Tamaki told reporters connected Jan. 2 helium was outraged implicit the summation of infections, accusing the U.S. forces of “insufficient” management, reported the Asahi Shimbun. He called for stricter measures successful the subject bases.

The U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ) subsequently announced caller measures connected Jan. 5, which necessitate each unit to deterioration masks disconnected basal and acquisition a coronavirus trial upon accomplishment to Japan.

“USFJ present requires nary little than 3 antagonistic COVID-19 tests upon traveling to Japan, including investigating anterior to departure for Japan, instantly upon arrival, and again portion successful [restriction of movement] presumption connected installation,” it said successful a statement.

The latest quasi-state of exigency declarations successful 3 prefectures people the archetypal specified declaration nether the ruling of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took bureau successful October past year.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Aldgra Fredly

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Aldgra Fredly is simply a freelance writer based successful Malaysia, covering Asia Pacific quality for The Epoch Times.