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16 Aug 2020 | 04:13 PM UTC

Japan: State of emergency extended in Okinawa through August 29 /update 36

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Authorities extend the state of emergency in Okinawa through August 29 due to COVID-19; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Japan, Okinawa

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Authorities in Okinawa prefecture extended the state of emergency through August 29 in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Governor Denny Tamaki requested that all residents on Okinawa's main island stay at home, except for essential reasons, and return home by 22:00 (local time) daily. Officials have also requested that residents avoid downtown areas and entertainment businesses, including Naha's Matsuyama area, Hirara on Miyako Island, and Misaki on Ishigaki Island. The governor also requested that residents defer travel to other prefectures and asked tourists to reconsider trips to the prefecture. 

As of Sunday, August 16, Japanese authorities have recorded over 56,074 confirmed cases of COVID-19 countrywide, with 1103 associated fatalities. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term. 


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures: 

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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