2022.01.21 19:56Nation

まん延防止拡大、25日にも決定 13道府県が要請方針、対象半数に―政府


2022.01.21 19:56Nation

COVID Pre-Emergency to Cover Majority of Japan Prefectures

The Japanese government is expected to decide as early as Tuesday to add even more prefectures to the list of those in the COVID-19 pre-emergency stage amid a surge in new infection cases.
   As of Friday, 13 prefectures--Hokkaido, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Fukuoka, Saga, Oita, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Nagano and Shimane--are expected to be added to the pre-emergency list.
   Meanwhile, 16 other prefectures are already on the list. Of them, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Okinawa were placed in the pre-emergency stage on Jan. 9, and 13 including Tokyo on Friday.
   The pre-emergency list is now expected to cover a majority of the country's 47 prefectures. Furthermore, Kagoshima is set to decide whether to ask the central government to place it in the pre-emergency stage.
   "We will swiftly consider (prefectures' pre-emergency) requests," Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara told a press conference Friday.