(Bloomberg) – A member of a Tokyo Metropolitan Government coronavirus expert advisory group has said it is now impossible to control the spread of Covid-19 in the capital.
Comments on behalf of Norio Omagari’s panel in a meeting Thursday with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike came as the city and national governments consider extending the state of emergency in Tokyo, which is experiencing its worst. wave of virus cases. The state of emergency should be lifted at the end of August.
The imposition of successive states of emergency has become less effective over time, with many bars and restaurants ignoring instructions to close early and stop serving alcohol. A national government advisory group has called for tougher measures to halve the frequency of people going out in Tokyo compared to early July, state broadcaster NHK reported.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other senior government officials rejected the idea of European-style lockdowns to contain the virus, saying instead they were relying on the vaccine rollout and tightening restrictions on who can be hospitalized .
Tokyo found 4,200 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday after reaching a record 5,042 last Thursday, with the rate of infections appearing to be leveling off. However, the number of hospitalized patients continues to break records, straining the capital’s health system.
Japan’s central government plans to extend the state of emergency until September and extend it to other regions, the Sankei newspaper reported on Thursday.
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