Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that “depending on the development of the situation, we may have to take decisive measures, such as closing the city,” reported The Japan Times.
At the same time, the governor added: “This is very much to avoid, so I want to ask all the people of Tokyo for cooperation”.
It’s about avoiding crowds of people. Now, during the period of cherry blossoming and mass admiration of the cherry tree, it is especially relevant. The authorities of the metropolis have already cancelled the official cherry festival. The next in line is the Summer Olympics, which is scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, but it is increasingly likely that it will be postponed because of the coronavirus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe already said the day before that postponement of the Olympics (to October 2020 or 2021 at all) may be an acceptable option if the pandemic does not allow it to be held on schedule. At the same time, we are not talking about cancelling the Olympics.
At present in Tokyo, according to the metropolitan authorities, 154 people fell ill with coronavirus, 4 died. A total of 1.1 thousand people fell ill in Japan, 42 died, 235 recovered.