February 10 According to a report by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) on the 10th, regarding when Japan’s 10 prefectures currently implementing the declaration of emergency affairs can lift the declaration, the Japanese government believes that the capital circle and Kansai circle do not currently have the conditions to lift the declaration.
The revised Law on Special Measures for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 will be officially implemented on February 13.
Before that, the Japanese government will consult an advisory committee composed of experts and others on the 12th, and adjust the “basic response policy” on this basis. At the same time, the government is studying whether it can lift the emergency declaration in some areas.
Among the 10 prefectures whose declaration period was extended, Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo, believed that Tokyo did not currently have the conditions for lifting the declaration; Hirofumi Yoshimura, governor of Osaka Prefecture, said that he would decide next week whether to apply to the central government for the lifting of the declaration of emergency affairs.
Regarding whether the declaration can be lifted in the Capital Circle and Kansai Circle, the government believes that the local epidemic situation and the opinions of the governor should be taken into account, and the residents’ living conditions should be comprehensively judged.
Therefore, the current attitude of the government is that the above-mentioned areas are not yet eligible for the lifting of the declaration.
In addition, opinions within the government have diverged on Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures. In view of the steady decline in the number of new confirmed cases in the three counties, there is a view that the lifting of the emergency declaration in the three districts can be considered.
However, there are also views that careful judgment should be made on the basis of observing the urgent situation of the medical system, etc.
In addition, regarding the issue of Pfizer vaccine in the United States, because the vaccine can be drawn from a container bottle is only five times, one less than scheduled, the number of people who can be vaccinated will be reduced by nearly 20% without the pre-agreed supply unchanged.
In view of this, the Japanese government will coordinate with Pfizer on this issue to ensure the supply of vaccines.