Okinawa Prefecture To Re-Extend Its Own Emergency Declaration August 28, 4:32 a.m. Concerned about the Risk of Infection in the Old Bon
Okinawa Prefecture has entered into final adjustments to extend the period again, as there is a risk that the prefecture’s own state of emergency declaration, which is due on the 29th, will increase the chance for relatives to gather next week at the old Bon Festival, which could increase the risk of infection among the elderly.
Although the number of infected people with the new coronavirus in Okinawa Prefecture is on the decline, 19 people died earlier this month, mainly among the elderly.
In light of this situation, Okinawa Prefecture has entered into final adjustments to re-extend the period of the prefecture’s declaration of emergency, which is due on the 29th, as there are more opportunities for relatives to gather at the old Bon Festival from the 31st of this month, and there is a risk that inter-generational exchanges will increase the risk of infection.
Okinawa Prefecture’s declaration of a state of emergency began on the 1st of this month and was extended for two weeks from the 16th of this month because it would not stop the spread of the infection.
With regard to the declaration of the emergency situation, at a meeting of the prefecture, such as infectious disease experts held on the night of the 27th, we adthered on the recognition that the citizens of the prefecture should suppress their actions at a minimum during the period of the old Bon Festival, and that they should not be lifted yet.
Okinawa Prefecture will hold a meeting of the Headquarters to be attended by Governor Tamashiro in the afternoon of March 28 to make a formal decision.