Commuters wearing face masks arrive at Shinagawa Station at the start of the working day amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan on August 2, 2021. REUTERS

TOKYO – The Japanese government on Monday declared a state of emergency in Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Osaka prefectures and increased the number of prefectures where such measures are currently in force to six.

Also On that day, priority COVID-19 emergency measures were put in place for Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka Prefectures.

All of these measures will apply until August 31. The central government is urging the public to skip non-essential trips and work from home, but the flow of commuters at major train stations in the four newly added prefectures remained largely unchanged on Monday morning.

On Sunday, senior officials reported the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on the current situation in Japan with regard to coronavirus infections.

In the prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Osaka, restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages or offer karaoke are urged to shut down, while other restaurants are urged to shorten their opening times and close at 8:00 p.m.

Kanagawa Prefecture, which has implemented its own COVID-19 controls, will extend its measures to the entire prefecture expand and encourage businesses to shorten business hours and sell alcohol beverages.

In areas covered by the priority measures, shops and restaurants must postpone their closing times to 8:00 p.m. and to cease serving alcoholic beverages as a matter of principle. Restaurants that meet certain requirements, e.g. B. Adequate measures to protect against infection are allowed to serve alcohol until 7 p.m. at the discretion of their prefectural governor, if infections in that prefecture are declining.

The prefectural governments will step up their surveillance of restaurants and urge the public not to drink in the streets or in parks.

The central government seeks that By the end of this month, 40% of the population will receive a second dose of vaccine and encourage young people to get vaccinated.

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