The Japanese government plans to extend the national emergency after May 6 due to concerns that Covid-19 will continue to develop in a complicated way, Nikkei said on April 29.
According to Nikkei, people are more likely to be encouraged to stay home for another month under a proposal that will be discussed at a meeting of experts on May 1.
“It is still very difficult to say ‘Everything is over’ on 6 May,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers in the Senate on April 29.
Therefore, the next meeting will carefully examine the current spread of the virus, whether people have reduced exposure and changed their habits, and the status of health care systems across the country to Consider extending an emergency.
Tokyo, home to the highest number of cases in Japan and many other regions, is still struggling every hour to slow the spread of Covid-19.
“It will be difficult for us to remove the emergency unless we reduce the new cases to 20 or 30 cases,” a government official said.
Earlier, Japan declared a state of emergency on April 7 against Tokyo and six other regions to prevent the virus from spreading. The emergency order was soon followed by all 47 provinces and cities of the country.
As of April 29, Japan added 276 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to over 13,800 cases with 389 deaths.