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20 sept. 2020 | 11h53 UTC

Japan: Authorities ease COVID-19 measures on September 19 /update 38

Japan Alerte de sécurité

Japanese authorities ease COVID-19 measures on September 19; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 20/9/2020, 12h00 until 26/9/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Japan

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Event

Authorities in Japan eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures on Saturday, September 19, permitting an increase in gathering sizes at sporting and cultural venues. Sporting events may go ahead with venues at 50-percent capacity, and larger cinemas and theatres may also reopen at 50-percent capacity. Smaller venues have had attendance limits scrapped altogether, although some chains have decided to only open at 50-percent capacity regardless. The move came three days after authorities in Tokyo removed a measure requiring restaurants, bars, and alcohol-providing establishments to cease operations at 22:00 (local time).

The majority of non-essential businesses have been permitted to reopen in the country. The use of face masks in public areas, social distancing measures, and exercising basic precautions have been advised.

As of Sunday, September 20, Japanese authorities have recorded over 79,142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 countrywide, with 1507 associated fatalities. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

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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