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Chief Cabinet Sec: No Plans For Declaration Of State Of Emergency


Speaking in his afternoon presser, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno states once again that the gov't is not planning to implement any more state of emergency measures in relation to the spread of COVID-19 at present.

  • Comes a day after PM Fumio Kishida also denied that his gov't was preparing for stricter SoE measures amidst a wave of infections and hospitalisations.
  • Several prefectures, including Tokyo, remain in quasi-SoE measures, although these are minor restrictions in comparison to measures implemented in some other Asian nations.
  • The Japan Times reported that hospital occupancy rates for virus patients in Tokyo stood at 49.2%, just below the 50% threshold previously set forth as the trigger for the local gov't to call for a full state of emergency.
  • Matsuno stated that a full SoE, "involves strong restrictions on private rights and has a great impact on society and the economy...One cannot automatically be declared only because certain indicators are met".

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