As part of attempts to avoid infections, Tokyo will enter its fourth coronavirus state of emergency on Monday, with pubs and restaurants being asked not to serve alcohol.
The government also declared a state of emergency in Okinawa, and imposed strict anti-virus measures in Tokyo’s surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa, as well as Osaka’s western prefecture.
The state of emergency declarations and targeted anti-infection efforts are expected to last until August 22.
The government is asking citizens to take comprehensive anti-virus measures, fearing that increased movement would spread illnesses. Officials are especially concerned about the Delta variety, which was first discovered in India.
The government is pushing pubs and restaurants in the designated zones to stop serving alcohol and close early in order to minimize infection.
In an interview with NHK TV on Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu stated that the government will explore offering subsidies more rapidly to make it simpler for pub owners to cooperate.
To combat diseases and lower the danger of people becoming seriously ill, the government has pushed forward with its vaccine campaign.
If the situation improves and the load on the medical system lessens, it wants to consider withdrawing the emergency declaration sooner.