Tokyo: According to media reports, Japan will declare a state of emergency on Tuesday to stop the corona virus. The Japanese government is preparing to introduce a stimulus package to reduce the economic blow that seeks to avoid a recession.
In Japan, more than 3,500 people have tested positive for coronavirus and 85 people have died, compared to some hotspots, this is not a major outbreak. However, this number is increasing, especially shocked by the spread of more than 1,000 cases in Tokyo.
Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may announce his contingency plan later on Monday, while Kyodo News said the new measures could take effect on Wednesday.
The emergency will give the governor the right to ask people to stay at home and close businesses, but they cannot impose the kind of blocking measures seen in other countries. In most cases, ignoring requests is not punished and law enforcement depends more on peer pressure and respect for authority.
Although Shinzo Abe expressed concern that he was too rushed, pressure for the government to take this step continues to rise as the resulting actions and activities are limited.
Hundreds of billions of dollars in incentive plans are being launched this week.
The Japanese government’s top spokesperson, Yoshihide Suga, said no decision has been made.
The emergency appears to be receiving public support. In a survey hosted by JNN hosted Monday by the broadcaster TBS, 80% of respondents said Shinzo Abe should announce this, while 12% of respondents said it was unnecessary. The survey found that its approval rating fell 5.7 points to 43.2% last month.
Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute of Public Health at King’s College London, said the emergency is late due to the increase in business in Tokyo.
“It should have been declared by April 1 at the latest,” he said.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike issued a warning last week about high-rate, untraceable cases, saying she chose a state of emergency to help her residents abide by stricter social welfare measures.
An expert from the government’s Coronavirus Expert Group said Japan could prevent explosive growth by reducing human-to-human contact by 80%.
Under the Coronavirus law, revised in March, the Prime Minister can declare a state of emergency if the disease poses a “serious threat” to life and the rapid spread of the disease can have a significant economic impact.
According to media reports, the Japanese government is likely to introduce a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures in western Japan.
TBS stated that the government is considering a six-month period and that each designated state will determine the duration of its own measures.
While the coronavirus epidemic in Japan alone has had 335,000 infections and more than 9,500 deaths in the United States alone, experts fear that a sudden wave may overwhelm the Japanese medical system.
Before deciding to continue the state of emergency, Abe should consult the expert group’s formal recommendations.
Governors in Tokyo and elsewhere require citizens to stay home on weekends, avoid crowds and nighttime outings, and work from home. This has produced some effects, but not as many experts have said.