Tokyo to request new emergency declaration amid surge in Covid cases: Report

Tokyo to request new emergency declaration amid surge in Covid cases: Report
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will make the request during a meeting with Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who coordinates government measures to fight the pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said, citing multiple sources.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will ask the central government afterward Saturday to declare a state of emergency following a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, local media reported.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will make the request during a meeting with Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who coordinates government measures to fight the pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said, citing multiple sources.

Calls by Reuters to the governor’s office weren’t answered.

Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, will make an identical request of the govt on Saturday, national broadcaster NHK reported.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has resisted calls to reinstate a national state of emergency, which the govt had instituted in April during an earlier wave of the pandemic.

It relied on voluntary business closures and travel restrictions instead of the type of rigid lockdown measures seen in parts of Europe and therefore the us .

Tokyo raised its Covid-19 alert level to its highest measure on Dec. 17 and has requested restaurants and other businesses to shut by 10 p.m (1300 GMT).

New Covid-19 infections in Tokyo hit a record 1,337 on Dec. 31, and on Friday numbered 783. A nationwide record was also assail Dec. 31 with 4,520 new cases.

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