Japan’s extended state of emergency has not had ‘desired effect’

Japan’s extended state of emergency has not had the desired effect with case numbers not dropping as much as expected. Japan entered into a state of emergency in late-April, three months out from the Tokyo Olympics in a bid to stop the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic but was forced to extend the state of emergency to three more prefectures over the weekend. The latest extension of the state of emergency will last until May 31, but virus cases have not come down as expected with Japan still sitting on around 5000 to 6000 daily cases. The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Editor Alastair Gale told Sky News areas such as Osaka were under “particular strain” while case numbers in Tokyo have not come down considerably. “The desired effects of the state of emergency haven’t been seen yet – that’s a concern,” he said.

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