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Suga ready for area expansion of coronavirus pre-emergency

Pedestrians walk outside a closed gate of the Yoyogi National Stadium, a venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on April 3, 2021. (AFP)
Pedestrians walk outside a closed gate of the Yoyogi National Stadium, a venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on April 3, 2021. (AFP)
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04 Apr 2021 12:04:04 GMT9
04 Apr 2021 12:04:04 GMT9

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide expressed readiness on Sunday to place additional areas under the novel coronavirus pre-emergency stage as needed to take stricter measures against a resurgence of infections.

“I think we should (act) without hesitation if necessary,” Suga said on a television program.

On the possibility of giving pre-emergency status to Tokyo, where new infection cases are on the increase, Suga said, “We are making efforts while looking at every possibility.”

If the Tokyo metropolitan government asks for pre-emergency designation, the central government will make a decision through consultations with specialists on the infection situation and outlook, he said.

The Suga government decided Thursday to designate Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, western Japan, and Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, for coronavirus pre-emergency response, allowing them to implement priority antivirus measures for a month from Monday through May 5, including requests for eateries to close by 8 p.m.

It was the first time for Japan to decide to enforce pre-emergency countermeasures under a revised special measures law that took effect in February.

With government officials concerned over a resurgence of new infections in many areas, a key focus is on whether the Tokyo metropolitan area will be designated for pre-emergency status.

JIJI Press

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