Japan suffers from the 7th wave of epidemic, and new BA.5 variant epidemic prevention measures are established

Japan is suffering from the 7th wave of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. Although no mandatory epidemic prevention measures such as the “Declaration of Emergency” have been issued yet, the “BA.5 Countermeasures Enhancement Declaration” has been newly established for the Omicron subtype variant BA.5. As long as the occupancy rate of dedicated hospital beds exceeds 50%, local governments can appeal to the public to exercise self-restraint and cooperate in epidemic prevention.

Japan suffered from the seventh wave of the epidemic, and a new BA.5 variant of epidemic prevention measures was established. The picture shows the downtown area of ​​Tokyo.  (Central News Agency  file photo)

Japan suffered from the seventh wave of the epidemic, and a new BA.5 variant of epidemic prevention measures was established. The picture shows the downtown area of ​​Tokyo. (File photo/Central News Agency)

Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the Japanese government decided on July 29 a new anti-epidemic countermeasure against the BA.5 epidemic. As long as the utilization rate of special hospital beds exceeds 50% in various places, the local government can make a declaration of strengthening measures, calling on local people with high risk of severe illness. The elderly and other ethnic groups should avoid entering and leaving high-risk places, and people with low risk of serious illness should quickly screen themselves, and call on the public to reduce the time spent in restaurants.

Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the new countermeasure proposed by the Japanese government is called the “BA.5 Measures to Strengthen Declaration”, which can allow local governments to use this to appeal to the public without issuing an “emergency declaration” or “key measures to prevent the spread”. “Self-restraint” (self-restraint) cooperates with epidemic prevention.

Even though he is suffering from the seventh wave of the epidemic, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is still cautious about restricting people’s movements. Based on the announcement of the enhanced declaration, it is expected that each local government will appeal to the public to cooperate with the epidemic prevention measures, but since it is different from the “emergency declaration” and “key measures to prevent the spread” issued by law, there is no penalty even if the enhanced declaration is not followed. .

Editor: Qin Yingwen

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