torsdag 9. april 2020

Clash looms in Japan as Tokyo governor says Abe's Covid-19 measures not enough

Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, is poised to call for further business closures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, setting her on a collision course with the prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Disagreements between Koike and Abe over how far the emergency measures should go have quickly escalated since Tokyo’s 14 million residents were asked to stay home earlier this week amid record numbers of new cases. “Asking for residents to use self-restraint and stay home is not enough,” Koike said soon after Abe declared a state of emergency this week. “We should also restrict the use of cluster-causing facilities” such as restaurants and karaoke parlours, she said.

The governor is expected to list on Friday the categories of shops and other non-essential businesses she expects to join the city’s battle against the coronavirus.