Japan decides to extend COVID-19 emergency state in 19 prefectures
The Japanese government decided on Wednesday to extend the COVID-19 emergency state for 19 prefectures through September 30, which is now covering 21 of 47 prefectures through Sept 12.
Prefectures of Miyagi and Okayama will be altered from state of emergency to quasi-state of emergency.
Meanwhile, measures are decided to be dissolved in six of 12 prefectures under quasi-state of emergency currently, which are prefectures of Toyama, Yamanashi, Ehime, Kochi, Saga, Nagasaki, while in six other prefectures restrictions will remain in effect through September 30.
In the newest edition of the anti-virus measures, 19 prefectures including Tokyo and western Osaka will be under a state of emergency, as eight prefectures will be under quasi-state of emergency. All the measures are set to be effective through September 30.
Under the state of emergency, restaurants and bars serving alcohol or offering karaoke services are asked to shut during the period while the government will provide money for compensation.
Those not serving liquor are requested to close at 8 pm local time as well, and easing the alcohol ban is not allowed during the period.