Japan to lift state of emergency for all areas

May 25, 2020

Japan to lift state of emergency for all areas

Tokyo (Japan), May 25: Japan's government plans to lift the state of emergency remaining in place for five prefectures. It will present the decision to its coronavirus advisory panel on Monday.
The areas still under restrictions are Tokyo and three prefectures surrounding the capital, and Hokkaido in the north.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo met with key cabinet members on Sunday. They discussed infection trends and the medical capacity in the prefectures.
Based on that information, the ministers concluded the number of infections had declined and conditions in the healthcare system had improved.
This will put a complete end to the state of emergency that began taking effect on April 7.
After hearing from the advisory panel on Monday, the steering committees of both chambers of the Diet will be briefed on the decision.
The prime minister is set to hold a news conference at around 6 p.m. Then, the government's coronavirus task force will finalize the plan to lift the state of emergency.
Forty-two new coronavirus infections were reported on Sunday - 14 of them were in Tokyo. It's the first day since Thursday that Tokyo has seen over 10 new cases.
In total, more than 16,000 people have tested positive in Japan. Over 800 have died.
Source: NHK World