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Japan places Tokyo and 12 other prefectures under a near-state of emergency because of Omicron.

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Japan places Tokyo and 12 other prefectures under a near-state of emergency because of Omicron.

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The Japanese government said on Wednesday that 13 prefectures, including Tokyo, would be placed under a near-state of emergency due to an increase in Omicron cases. The measure will come into effect on Friday and will last until February 13.

Restrictions vary by prefecture and may include shortening opening hours and stopping the sale of alcohol.

The decision comes amid a sharp rise in infections linked to the Omicron variant, reaching a record 32,197 cases nationwide on Tuesday. (The previous national record, nearly 26,000 cases, was reached in August.) On Wednesday, Osaka reported more than 6,000 cases and Tokyo hit a record 7,377 daily new cases.

Shigeru Omi, the government’s chief medical adviser, told reporters after a Covid-19 task force meeting on Wednesday that since the Omicron variant was known to spread very quickly, “it is important to take preventive measures as soon as possible and reduce infections. .”

With three of Japan’s 47 prefectures – Hiroshima, Okinawa and Yamaguchi – already under a near-state of emergency (Okinawa’s outbreaks are linked to the US military), the number of prefectures affected by the new measure rises to 16. (Japan has 47 prefectures in all.)

Nearly 80% of Japan’s population has received two doses of the vaccine, according to a New York Times database, but booster shots for the general public are not widely available.

Japan places Tokyo and 12 other prefectures under a near-state of emergency because of Omicron.

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