In Japan, it is the first weekend since the state of emergency covering much of the country was completely lifted. And people are making up for lost time.
Since Friday, restaurants and bars have resumed serving alcohol.
One man said, “I am really happy. I needed a break so as not to be stressed. I went out for a drink until 8 p.m. last night.
But another man said, “I don’t feel like going out for a drink yet, because I’m not sure I can have fun.
In a popular shopping district in central Tokyo, a street has been reopened to foot traffic for the first time in about six months.
One visitor said it had been a long time and it felt good to be able to drink outside again.
The feeling of liberation, however, might be short-lived.
An association of prefecture governors calls on the central government to strengthen the health system to prepare for an upsurge in infections.
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said, “We will take timely and appropriate action to further combat the coronavirus. Now is the time to lay the groundwork for people’s lives to get back to normal … and for the economy to pick up.
Osaka Governor Yoshimura Hirofumi said he was sure a sixth wave of contagion was coming. He says it’s crucial to make a series of preparations, including streamlining the chain of command in the medical system so that patients can be treated quickly.
Governors called on the central government to strengthen the country’s medical system in the event of the virus resurgence.
Tokyo reported 196 new infections on Saturday, nearly half the number of a week ago. Saturday was also the seventh day in a row that the number of daily cases in the capital fell below 300.