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Tokyo Metropolitan Government:
(Etrendsnews): The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will consider whether to advance the request to restaurants to shorten business hours by 8:00 pm in order to strengthen measures against the spread of the new coronavirus infection. NHK reported on the 3rd.
According to NHK, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will consider whether to move forward, taking into account the effects of the current time-saving request, which is until 10 pm. Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, asked the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to consider issuing a state of emergency together with the three prefectures in the Greater Tokyo Area on the 2nd. It was.
On the other hand, the government has questioned the effect of the issuance of the state of emergency required by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and said that it would be more effective to close restaurants and shorten business hours to control infection. Reported. According to the report, the government wants to prioritize amendments to the Special Measures Law, which includes penalties for businesses that do not respond to requests for leave or shortened working hours.
When a state of emergency is declared based on the Special Measures Law, the governor of the target area can make various requests such as refraining from going out and instructing to stop using schools and welfare facilities. After issuing a state of emergency on April 7, last year, the government lifted it completely on May 25.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga:
According to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will explain the policy for dealing with the new corona at a press conference at the beginning of the year on the 4th. At a press conference on the 25th, Prime Minister Suga said that the government’s chairman of the Coronavirus Infectious Diseases Control Subcommittee, Shigeru Omi, said that he was not in a situation to declare a state of emergency. He expressed the idea that it would be possible to change the behavior of the people without it.
With regard to the new corona, the spread of infection continues to be unstoppable, especially in the Tokyo metropolitan area. On December 31, last year, the number of newly infected people in Tokyo reached a record high of 1337. After that, 783 people were reported on January 1st and 814 people were reported on January 2nd, showing a high level of infection.