Prime Minister Abe declares emergency in seven provinces by May 6

In response to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus in urban areas, Prime Minister Abe issued a law-based “Emergency Declaration”, targeting seven provinces. The declaration of a state of emergency will cover Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka.

The declaration will be published in the Federal Official Gazette and will come into force on the 7th until the 6th of the next month.

Even declaring an emergency, city blockades were not implemented, as happened abroad, they will maintain the necessary economic and social services, such as public transport, as much as possible.

The most important thing about a state of emergency is to change people's behavior. Experts want to reduce contact between people by at least 70%, if this reduction target is reached, the number of infected people will start to decrease. The Prime Minister asks the population to reduce the output, aiming at a reduction of 70% to 80%.

Prime Minister Abe will hold a press conference at 19 pm on the 7th to explain the reasons for the declaration and specific measures and invite the people to cooperate.

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