New state of emer­gency in Ja­pan un­likely anytime soon: Top of­fi­cial

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The gov­ern­ment is un­likely to again de­clare a state of emer­gency over the novel coro­n­avirus pan­demic soon, fol­low­ing a re­cent surge in new in­fec­tions in Tokyo, Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga sug­gested Mon­day.

“We don’t think that the up­trend rep­re­sents a sit­u­a­tion re­quir­ing the gov­ern­ment to is­sue a state of emer­gency again im­me­di­ately or re­quest the pub­lic to re­frain from travel across pre­fec­tural bor­ders,” the top gov­ern­ment spokesman told a news con­fer­ence, The Ja­pan Times re­ported.

Suga spoke ahead of Tokyo’s con­fir­ma­tion of 58 cases Mon­day, a day af­ter 60 in­fec­tions were re­ported in the cap­i­tal. The daily fig­ure has topped 50 for four days in a row, hit­ting lev­els not seen since early May.

A state of emer­gency was ini­tially is­sued for Tokyo and six other pre­fec­tures on April 7 and was ex­panded na­tion­wide later that month. It was fully lifted in May in stages.

Asked about a re­port from the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity’s Cen­ter for Sys­tems Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing that the cu­mu­la­tive num­ber of novel coro­n­avirus cases had topped 10 mil­lion world­wide, Suga said Ja­pan would main­tain “nec­es­sary mea­sures.”

“We’ll con­tinue to thor­oughly im­ple­ment bor­der con­trols and take nec­es­sary mea­sures to pre­vent the virus from en­ter­ing Ja­pan from abroad,” he said.

AFP

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