The ongoing COVID pandemic has caused a lot of trouble, restrictions, sorrow, and deaths in Japan, as well as in many other countries. Since the very first outbreak of the coronavirus, Japan has reported a total of almost 1.7 million infections and more than 17 500 deaths, according to info brought by worldometers.info. The same source also has some great news: over 1.6 million COVID patients from Japan had been recovered.
However, Japan is currently facing a decrease in the daily number of COVID infections. That’s why the country’s government made a big announcement that everybody was waiting for.
The coronavirus state of emergency from Japan ends on Thursday
NPR.org announces that Japan’s government says that the state of emergency from the country ends this Thursday (September 30). This comes after the state of emergency was repeatedly extended. No more emergency requirements will exist in Japan for the first time in over six months.
However, the government is preparing some plans such as vaccine passports and other relaxing restrictions.
Dr. Shigeru Omi, who is a top medical adviser for Japan’s government, said as quoted by NPR.org:
Lifting of the emergency doesn’t mean we are 100% free,
The government should send a clear message to the people that we can only relax gradually.
COVID vaccines are considered the best way to end the spread of the virus across the world. According to Our World in Data, 58.1% of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID. The number of total doses given reaches roughly 161 million.
As for the rest of the world, the same source brings the following stats: 44.7% of the planet’s population has been vaccinated for the coronavirus with at least one of the necessary doses.