Tokyo's state of emergency could be lifted Monday

Tokyo's state of emergency could be lifted Monday

May 23, 2020

Tokyo (Japan), May 23: Japan's government could lift the state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures as early as Monday due to continued progress in the effort to contain the new coronavirus.
It will reach a final decision on Monday after hearing the views of experts. The other prefectures are Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama, which neighbor the capital, and Hokkaido in the north.
Tokyo had three new infections on Friday. The number over the past seven days has been below 0.5 per 100,000 people -- one of the criteria for the state of emergency to be lifted.
However, the rate in Kanagawa and Hokkaido has remained above that threshold.
On Friday, Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi said the number of new cases continues to decline, and the situation at medical facilities is improving in all those prefectures. He suggested the state of emergency could be lifted if the current situation continues.
After the government lifts the state of emergency for all prefectures, it plans to issue basic guidelines on resuming social and economic activities, including large-scale events, nationwide travel and promoting tourism.
Source: NHK World