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Japan PM Suga shies away from calling state of emergency as COVID-19 cases rise

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Japan PM Suga shies away from calling state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise

Tokyo, Japan – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated there was no need for Japan to enter a national state of emergency. Reason being as health groups declared their own state of emergency for the medical system as coronavirus infection rates still rise.

Suga said on Monday evening the head of the government’s expert panel on the coronavirus pandemic had told him “we’re not there yet” with regards to calling a state of emergency. He was responding during an interview on national television.

Suga has been scuffling with falling approval ratings. Especially with polls showing the general public disapproves of how he has handled the pandemic.

“We have to show the results of our coronavirus countermeasures. I’ll spearhead the hassle with a mindset to try to to everything that has to be done,” Suga said.

Japan has seen an increase in new infection rates in recent weeks. With a record 2,154 people hospitalized as of Monday, per national broadcaster NHK.

A group of national medical associations called their own state of medical emergency on Monday. Which is warning the system was under considerable strain from the pandemic.

 

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