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Covid-19: Japan declares second state of emergency as Asia struggles with virus surge

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 15 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n141

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  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ

Japan has declared its second state of emergency regarding covid-19, as the number of daily infections surged to seven times that of the first and Tokyo hospitals reported nearly 80% occupancy.

On 7 January the prime minister, Suga Yoshihide, declared a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures. This was extended to an additional eight prefectures on 14 January. Health authorities reported over 6600 new cases throughout Japan on 14 January1 as the country’s cumulative case count topped 300 000, with over 4000 deaths. Before and during the first state of emergency, which began in April 2020, the daily case count was under 1000.

Companies have been asked to revert to working from home to try to cut the number of commuters by 70%, while restaurants and other …

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