— Published 9 April 2021

New health plan in the Japanese capital

Health conditions are deteriorating in Japan, just over 100 days before the opening of the Tokyo Games. So much so that the central government is seriously considering allowing the governors of the prefectures of Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa to put in place a new set of targeted measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday (April 8th) announced his intention to allow Tokyo to tighten up its health plan, at the request of the governor of the capital, Yoriko Koike. More than 500 new cases of infection were recorded for the days of Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th April, with the occupancy rate of hospital beds rising. The government is expected to allow stricter measures to be put in place from Monday April 12th, for a period of one month. They should concern the 23 districts and the six communes of the prefecture of Tokyo.