Japan extends Covid19 state of emergency to March 7
Japan’s government approved a month-long extension of its coronavirus state of emergency on Feb 2nd, less than six months before the pandemic-postponed Olympic Games open in Tokyo.
Under the state of emergency, people are urged to refrain from unnecessary outings while restaurants and bars are being asked to close early. Businesses are encouraged to adopt remote working and attendance at large events has been capped.
While the measures have been less strict than the previous state of emergency last spring, when schools were closed nationwide and some businesses were told to temporarily close, they have been somewhat successful in bringing down the number of infections.
Japan has secured rights to more than 500 million vaccine doses from several Western developers, more than enough for its 126 million population.
Japan is also behind other countries such as the United States in rolling out vaccines. The government would aim to begin inoculating health workers in mid-February, sooner than the previous target of late February.