Japanese authorities intend to extend the national emergency (NES) regime in the country until May 6 due to the spread of coronavirus infection. This was reported by Kyodo agency on Friday, May 1, citing Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
Abe said he instructed Economic Development Minister Yasutoshi Nishimuri to work out a plan to extend the emergency regime for about a month.
He also said that the final decision will be made on Monday, May 4, after which Abe will hold a press conference.
Prime Minister noted that at first it would be difficult to return to normal life after the imposed restrictions, so citizens need to be patient, reports NHK. Abe also said that he would consult with experts on the terms of extension.
It was reported on April 29 that the Japanese government will consider an option to extend the emergency situation. It was reported that the authorities believe that the scope of coronavirus in the country has not been reduced properly. The majority of Japanese governors insist on this decision.
On April 16, Minister for Economic Recovery Yasutoshi Nishimura reported on the introduction of the emergency regime throughout the country until May 6.