The Japanese government plans to extend the emergency declaration, which lasted until February 7, for another month or so because of the ongoing spread of the disease in the country.
The state of emergency may also be lifted earlier if the infection situation and medical system in Japan improve in the near future, the report said.
In addition, the extension area and duration will be judged based on the status of infection in each area.
An expert meeting will be held on Feb. 1 to make recommendations to the health ministry, which will make a final judgment on Feb. 2 based on an analysis of the infection.
“The number is down, but we can’t predict it yet,” Health Minister Tomhisa Tamura told a news conference on Monday, although there is a trend of fewer new infections.
According to Japanese media, the government believes that the state of emergency will be difficult to lift without improving the shortage of hospital beds.
To date, the areas covered by the Emergency Declaration include Tochigi, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka, 11 other prefectures.
On the local time 18, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivered a policy speech in parliament, had expressed the hope to end the state of emergency in Tokyo and other 11 regions ahead of schedule.
However, Japanese media said that Japan’s new crown disease is still spreading rapidly, and Suga’s statement will once again trigger opposition attacks.