On April 7, it was decided, the emergency situation over Japan ceased on Monday. Reinforced by a steady decline in new cases of Covid-19, the world’s third economy will restart.
Japan comes from the emergency. “We had very restrictive criteria for allowing the emergency to be lifted. We considered that these criteria were met,” the Japanese Prime Minister said on Monday, May 25. Shinzo Abe during a TV press conference. “Today, we will lift the emergency situation across the country,” he added.
An emergency had been declared on April 7 in Tokyo and six other regions, before being extended to the whole of Japan in conjunction with a strong acceleration in the number of new daily cases since the end of March.
The authorities are now justifying their withdrawal as the number of new cases of Covid-19 continues to decline in the country. As of Sunday, the country officially registered about 16,581 infections since the pandemic began on Sunday. An increase of only 31 units in 24 hours for a total of 830 deaths.
The emergency situation does not allow Japan to enter a prison similar to those conducted in Europe or the United States, but simply to encourage the Japanese to stay home and business to keep their curtains down, demand that seems to have become quite wide followed by the population in recent weeks.
However, Shinzo Abe called for caution and adapting to “a new normal”, to continue avoiding three specific situations: closed places, tight places and close contacts.
“If we lower our protection, the infection will spread quickly […] We have to be vigilant, he said. “We have to create a new way of life, we have to change the way we think now.”