Japan eyes declaring another state of emergency for Tokyo, vicinity

2021-01-04 12:05:31

Women wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk past a poster for an animated movie "Demon slayer" in front of a movie theatre in Tokyo, Japan, Dec 13, 2020. [Photo/Agencies] TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that the government is planning to declare another state of emergency for Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures as COVID-19 cases surge in these areas. Speaking at the first press conference of 2021, Suga said the country aims to start COVID-19 vaccination by late February. The Japanese government had previously declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 last April. As infections have continued rising recently, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and her counterparts in neighboring Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures on Saturday urged the central government to issue a new declaration. Suga said that he is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games although the COVID-19 pandemic situation is worsening in his country. Suga said he will prepare for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games with "determination" and take all possible measures against the infection and deliver "hope and courage" to the whole world.