Japan Expands State of Emergency to 8 More Prefectures as Delta Outbreak Worsens

The Japanese government has added eight more prefectures under its COVID-19 state of emergency as the country faces more COVID-19 Delta Strain cases.

Starting Friday, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Okayama and Hiroshima will be under the state of emergency until Sept. 12.

Under the state of emergency, restaurants are not allowed to serve alcohol or allow karaoke sessions before they close by 8 p.m. 

Commercial establishments are also mandated to limit the number of customers allowed in at the same time to prevent crowding and gatherings.

“Critical cases have spiked suddenly and the medical system is in an extremely dire state. Nationwide cases are topping 25,000 a day and remain at an extremely high level due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant,” said Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.

Currently, Japan has 21,500 new daily COVID-19 cases and 42 more deaths while the nationwide tally reached 1.34 million, with more than 15,700 deaths and almost 2,000 severe cases.

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