Suga wants to extend Japan's emergency measures to Sep 17

Monday, 16. August 2021 11:40

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated on Monday that he wants to extend the coronavirus emergency measures in the country until September 17 in order to help combat the surge in COVID-19 cases. Additionally, local media outlets reported that seven more prefectures will be put under a state of emergency, while six will see theirs extended until September 12.

At the same time, Suga also said that his government managed to secure enough antibody cocktail treatments to keep coronavirus patients from developing severe symptoms. Due to the relatively low vaccination rollout, the Delta variant has led to a sharp rise in patients with serious symptoms and Suga hopes that Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc.'s casirivimab and imdevimab cocktail will help mitigate the effects of the virus.

Last week, Japan recorded new highs when it comes to daily coronavirus cases and Suga has reportedly asked for additional stimulus money in the ¥30 trillion budget to help offset some of the damage the virus did to the country's economy.

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