Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan, “It is a somewhat alarming situation, but I have not reconsidered it” July 31 at 11:16 a.m.
At a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan said, “The current situation of infection is slightly slower than the rate of increase in March and April, but in some areas, the rate of spread of infection has increased, it is alarming, and it has been analyzed that the number of severely ill people is gradually increasing.”
On the other hand, he said, “Based on a comprehensive assessment of this situation, we do not believe that we are in a situation where we will issue a declaration of emergency again at this time and reduce socio-economic activities altogether, but we will hold a subcommittee to hear the opinions of experts and continue to work toward balancing the prevention of spread of infection and socio-economic activities.”
“As for whether the current situation constitutes the “second wave” of the spread of infection, “the government does not have a strict definition. In any case, we would like to take all possible measures to the next wave of infection.”