“Our fight against coronavirus is entering a new phase. We will finally see our social and economic activities return to normal, ”said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The Prime Minister noted that the restrictions imposed due to the spread of coronavirus will be phased out. He added that the government will set up more temporary treatment facilities to combat COVID-19 and continue vaccinating the population.
Emergency measures, mainly restricting the sale of alcohol, restaurant opening hours and the number of participants in major events, have been in place for most of this year, including the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The state of emergency was in place in 19 of the country’s 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, the economic centers of Osaka and Aichi, as well as the tourist favorite of Kyoto and Okinawa.
The pandemic affected Japan less than other countries: 125 million. In the Asian country with a population of about 17.5 thousand. deaths, and the government has never announced strict quarantine.
The country’s vaccination program got off to a slow start, but later gained momentum: over 58 percent have been fully vaccinated so far. population – more than in the United States.