Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced during a meeting of the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that he had begun preparations for declaring a coronavirus emergency. This was announced on Monday, April 6, Kyodo reports.
Restrictive measures will affect the metropolitan area as well as Osaka, Saitama, Kanagawa, Tiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures, the agency said. The emergency regime is expected to continue until May 6.
This measure will enable municipal authorities in cities to impose mandatory quarantine, close educational institutions and other facilities. They will also be empowered to confiscate land for the construction of temporary hospitals in the event of a shortage of treatment facilities.
On 13 March, Japan’s Parliament approved amendments to the current legislation, allowing the Prime Minister to impose a national or local emergency regime in the event of a new coronavirus proliferation.
On March 26, Secretary General of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers Yoshihide Suga said that a national quarantine is not necessary in the country.
According to Worldmeters as of April 6, 515 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Japan during the day, the total number of infected people reached 3654, not counting 712 sick passengers and crew of the cruise ship Diamond Princess.