Covid19 – Japan shuts Department stores and bars to slow surge
Japan’s department stores, bars and theatres shut on Sunday as part of emergency measures to slow a surge in infections. The 17-day restrictions are declared for Tokyo, Kyoto, Hyogo and Osaka, ahead of the ‘Golden Week’ holidays, when Japanese usually travel extensively.
Japan has already declared three emergencies over the coronavirus. The vaccine rollout has been really slow, with barely 1% of its population vaccinated.
Experts say the unfolding wave of infections includes more deadly variants. Japan has attributed about 10,000 deaths to COVID-19, among the worst in Asia. The setback is that Japan requires additional testing for vaccines approved overseas, and only the Pfizer vaccine is in use for now.