Japan Health Minister: Some Areas Ending COVID-19 Outbreak

Japan’s Health Minister said the COVID-19 situation in the country is improving in which the state of emergency might be lifted soon.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said that the rate of hospitalization and availability of hospital beds might affect whether the state of emergency in the country would be lifted.

Tamura said that Cabinet would make their final decision after the suggestions of the experts.

Last month, the infectious Delta variant started the fifth wave of COVID-19 in Japan, driving infection levels to new highs. To avoid overcrowding in hospitals, the government has extended emergency restrictions to nearly 80 percent of the population until the end of September. 

Restaurants have been asked to close early and not serve alcohol as part of the restrictions. Residents are encouraged to work from home as much as possible and avoid travel as much as possible.

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