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Since lifting of the state of emergency declaration on the 21st last month, Kanagawa Prefectural Government has requested the prefectural citizens and business operators to refrain from unessential outings and shorten business hours to 21:00 to prevent “rebound” in new cases of infection.
Owing to your understanding and cooperation, infections in Kanagawa largely declined to the level equivalent to Stage II. However, the number of new cases turned upward in April, and now it stands at the same level as that in mid-February in the last emergency period. Ratio of young people is on the rise, which is said to be the sign of surge in the overall population. Infections with variants are spreading, too.
New cases per day in Kanagawa exceeded 200 for the third straight day. Looking back on the past months, I found that it was mid-November when the figure of new cases went beyond 200 for the first time. Infections rapidly spread one and a half months later, leading to the second declaration of a state of emergency.
Based on this experience, we consider it important to find out the sign of surge in infections accurately and take proactive prevention measures at an early stage. Yesterday, we made a request to the national government to authorize Kanagawa to toughen anti-virus measures in accordance with the Act on Special Measures. In response, the national government decided to apply priority measures to prevent infections to Kanagawa for 22 days effective from April 20 until May 11. The prefectural government decided to add Yokohama City, Kawasaki City and Sagamihara City to the list of areas in need of the priority measures.
To avoid the third state of emergency declaration, we strongly ask the prefectural citizens and business operators to take the following measures.
[To prefectural citizens]
[To business operators]
From April 20 to May 11,
Eating and drinking establishments in the designated areas are requested to close business by 20:00 (Serving alcohol should be stopped by 19:00.)
Those in other areas to close by 21:00 (Serving alcohol should be stopped by 20:00.)
The prefectural government, examining the cases of so-called “third wave”, concluded agreement with medical institutes approved as Kanagawa Model to increase the secured hospital beds from 1,555 to 1,790 at the maximum, and reviewed the necessary number of beds for the five respective phases of infection. We are thus further strengthening the medical care system of Kanagawa.
Now we are entering the consecutive national holidays of “Golden Week” when flow of people is expected be more active. However, if each one of us takes thorough preventive measures when there is a sign of infection spread, we will be able to contain the rapid rise that we saw in January. We ask for your united cooperation in the endeavor to overcome this difficult time.
April 16, 2021
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture