Akira Kimura Tokyo Japan
Japan may prematurely lift state of emergency due to COVID-19 in some prefectures
The Japanese government plans on Thursday to decide on the early lifting of the state of emergency in some areas of the country, NHK reported on Tuesday.
Restrictions can be relaxed in more than 30 prefectures, where the incidence of coronavirus infections has declined.
It is expected that restrictions will continue in some prefectures, including Tokyo.
On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would make a statement after consulting with an expert group.
The group will also include economic experts who will help the government find a balance between preventing the spread of coronavirus and resuming the economy.
On April 7, the government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures. It was later extended throughout the country until May 31.
Currently, in Japan there are almost 16 thousand confirmed cases of the disease. The death toll is more than 650 people.
Japan after the United States approved the use of remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19
Remdesivir will be given only to patients with severe symptoms of coronavirus
Japan on Thursday approved remdesivir from Gilead Sciences Inc as a drug for treating COVID-19, making it the first officially approved drug in the country to fight coronavirus disease. It is reported by Reuters.
Japan made a decision three days after an American pharmaceutical company applied for expedited treatment authorization.
A spokesperson for the Japanese Ministry of Health told a press briefing that remdesivir would only be given to patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Japan prepares to meet with UFOs
The Japanese began training after the Pentagon published videos of supposedly UFOs
The Ministry of Defense of Japan began to develop a scenario in case of meeting with unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
It is reported by The Japan Times.
Protocols are being developed for responding, recording, and reporting UFO contacts.
According to the current rules, if an unidentified object intrudes into the airspace of Japan, fighter pilots will find out where it came from and make it land. But the military does not know whether this will work with UFOs and whether they will be able to fix them from the ground.
Kono recalled the alleged UFO videos recently announced by the Pentagon. “To be honest, I don’t believe in UFOs. But since the Ministry of Defense released this video, we would like to hear from the United States about their intentions and analysis of the facilities, ”the minister explained.
Recall, April 27, the US Department of Defense published videos of alleged UFOs.
"Self-isolation police" of civic activists appear in Tokyo
A kind of "self-isolation police" has appeared in Tokyo, consisting of socially active citizens who walk around the metropolis in search of open establishments, such as snack bars, cafes, and game salons, and demand that they close. This was reported by the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper.
They place ads with requirements to close establishments. The text is usually this: "Please refrain from work until the end of the emergency. If you do not, I will report to the police."
At the same time, the Tokyo authorities did not require all establishments to close for isolation, many continue to work in compliance with sanitary standards.
Many people have a question, why the activists of the "isolation police" themselves do not sit at home? There was even a call: "Police self-isolation, self-isolation!".
Acne in Tokyo Aquarium began to forget people: they will be called via video chat
In Sumida Tokyo Aquarium, which has been quarantined due to coronavirus since March 1, they noticed that garden eels began to forget how people look, which complicates checking their health status. The video chat will help to solve the problem.
World Aquatics Championship postponed due to coronavirus
Competitions will be held from May 13 to May 29, 2022
The World Aquatics Championship, due in 2021 in Japanese Fukuoka, has been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was reported on the official website of the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
The tournament was originally scheduled for July 16 - August 1, but after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) transferred the Olympics in Tokyo due to the coronavirus from 2020 to July 23 - August 8, 2021, it became impossible to hold the world championship .
Japan will extend emergency mode until May 31
Japanese Prime Minister instructed to develop an emergency extension plan in the country
The Japanese government plans to extend the emergency regime for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic until May 31. This is reported by NHK.
It is reported that on the eve of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed the Minister for Economic Recovery Yasutoshi Nishimura to develop a plan to extend the emergency regime for a month throughout the country. Today, May 3, this issue will be discussed at a meeting of the advisory committee of the government. The corresponding decision to extend the emergency should be taken on May 4.
Japan may cancel Tokyo Olympic Games altogether
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo cannot be held next year unless the coronavirus pandemic is localized.
His statement was made against the backdrop of a statement by the Governor of the capital of Japan, Yuriko Koike, who demanded that the authorities extend the state of emergency in the country.
Recall that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government postponed the Games last month until July 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.
However, due to the fact that the epidemic still cannot be localized, and experts believe that the creation of the vaccine is still far away, doubts arose about the possibility of holding this grandiose event next year.
Yoshiro Mori, the president of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games 2020, also echoes, saying that once again the Games will not be transferred by anyone, and if they do not take place in 2021, they will be canceled.
"Another transfer? No, this will not happen. Then the Games will simply be canceled and that's it. Now the Olympics has been postponed to the summer of 2021, and this is the final term," Mori says.
Quarantine. Japan will ban entry to citizens of 14 countries
13,441 COVID-19 infections recorded in Japan
Japan will ban 14 countries from entering the country due to quarantine during the coronavirus epidemic COVID-19. This was reported by Kyodo with reference to the premiere of the country Shinzo Abe.
"Japan will close the possibility of entry for travelers from another 14 countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to strengthen control over its borders to curb the spread of coronavirus," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Other countries covered by the entry ban are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belarus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Ukraine.
Thus, the total number of countries that are denied entry has reached 87, including China, South Korea, the United States and European countries.
Japan introduces a ban on entry for citizens of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and 11 more countries
Japan in connection with the coronavirus imposes a ban on entry for citizens of another 14 states - including Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
This is with reference to the country's prime minister Shinzo Abe Kyodo reports.
"Japan will close the door for travelers from another 14 countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to tighten control over its borders to curb the spread of coronavirus," Shinzo Abe said.
Other countries covered by the entry ban are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belarus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Ukraine. The total number of countries from which entry into Japan is prohibited has increased to 87.
At the same time, the Japanese government does not recommend the citizens of their country to travel abroad in principle: the level of the travel ban was raised to the second, highest level.
In addition, the head of the Japanese government approved the extension of the suspension of the issuance of visas to all foreigners until the end of May.
Recall that the "Country" wrote that in Japan, despite being close to the homeland of the coronavirus - China, they see no reason for total quarantine - mainly because of economic reasons.