Japan PM Suga Says Considering Declaring Emergency for Tokyo
(Bloomberg) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he’s considering issuing another state of emergency declaration for the Tokyo area in light of the “extremely severe” coronavirus infection situation.
- Cites infections in Tokyo and surrounding Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures as areas of particular concern and urges people to avoid unnecessary outings
- Says he wants eateries in those areas to close no later than 8pm, which governors of those places have been considering
- Strong message needs to be sent in areas where infections are most severe so people take outbreak seriously
- Suga says Japan is working to start vaccinations in late Feb.
- NOTE: Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi reported earlier the Japanese government is preparing to declare emergency in Tokyo and 3 surrounding prefectures from Jan. 9
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