Tuesday, January 19, 2021
News

Japan PM set to expand virus emergency

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Tokyo | Tuesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to expand a state of emergency against the Covid-19 pandemic for the Greater Tokyo area to include Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures, informed sources said on Tuesday.

According to the sources, Suga told executives of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that he intends to broaden the initial state of emergency that came into effect on January 8 for Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, to cover the western areas, reports Xinhua news agency.

Meanwhile, the central prefectures of Aichi and Gifu were also seeking to be added to areas covered by the emergency virus measure.

"I want to make a swift decision on whether to include the three western prefectures," Suga was quoted as saying to the LDP executives.

The expanded virus emergency could be declared on Wednesday, the sources said.

Ahead of the expected expansion, Hyogo prefecture requested restaurants and bars in parts of the prefecture to close by 9 p.m.

Osaka and Kyoto prefectures meanwhile, have extended the duration of requests for shortened opening hours of restaurants and bars.

Under the state of emergency, people in the affected areas will be asked to refrain from making unnecessary trips outdoors, and restaurants and bars requested to shorten their operating hours.

Other establishments like non-essential shops and departments stores may also be asked to shorten their working hours, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

Japan's first state of emergency was declared in April 2020 in Tokyo and six other prefectures before being expanded nationwide and then lifted incrementally in May.

The legislation giving the government the authority to declare a state of emergency was enacted in March 2020.

Japan has so far reported more than 294,000 Covid-19 cases and 3,898 deaths.

--IANS ksk/

( 310 Words)

2021-01-12-15:26:04 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE HEALTH NEWS
South Central Railway's frontline staff ...
Experts advise people to avoid alcohol d...
Research suggest simple, cheap test can ...
Fried food intake linked to heightened s...
After 2-day halt, vaccination drive to r...
Karnataka logs 435 new Covid cases; 973 ...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Farmers' issues fail to strike a chord a...
Sonowal first choice as Assam CM: Survey...
Photographers, guides of Sun Temple see ...
Talks between govt, farmer leaders postp...
SC Bar Association urges Law Minister to...
Kashmiri Pandits who returned to valley ...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
US Covid cases surpass 24 million: ... 
Number of COVID-19 cases in US surp... 
Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas split aft... 
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Argen... 
15 killed in Surat accident, PM Mod... 
Pakistan approves Chinese Sinopharm... 
Pak Senator slams National Accounta... 
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon...