He commented that the government and the relevant departments will closely monitor the dynamics of the spread of the new coronavirus in those regions where the state of emergency has been lifted.
Earlier on Thursday, Nishimura expressed confidence that the situation with the spread of coronavirus in the western Japanese region of Kansai, which includes densely populated Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures have stabilized, which means that appropriate to lift the state of emergency there.
He expects the Shinzo Abe government to decide to lift the emergency measures in these three prefectures early.
The state of emergency will continue in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido, Tokyo and its neighbors Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectureswhich form the so-called Greater Tokyo area. There targets for reducing the number of those infected have not yet been met people.
New cases of infection are almost non-existent in Saitama and Chiba prefectures, but they are closely linked to Tokyo in transport and economic terms, so the emergency regime will be lifted by the authorities only for the entire capital region as a whole.
Authorities have no plans to lift restrictions on entry into Japan from other countriessaid Nishimura. “The virus is still spreading abroad. We believe that now is not the time to discuss lifting entry restrictions.” Nishimura also stressed that the Japanese government will closely monitor the situation with the spread of the new coronavirus abroad and will decide to open borders at the appropriate time.
According to the latest figures, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Japan, including passengers and the crew of the cruise ship “Diamond Princess”, exceeds 17 thousand, more than 780 people have died. More than 12.9 thousand people have been rehabilitated, about 214 patients are in serious condition in intensive care units.