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information on corona
Five days have passed since the priority measures for prevention of COVID-19 infection was applied to Kanagawa Prefecture. Many prefectural citizens and business operators cooperated and followed our various requests, such as avoiding outings and shortening business hours. I would like to express my deep gratitude to you all.
On the other hand, new cases per day in Kanagawa reached 318 on April 22 nearing the level of State IV, and we see a clear sign of surge in infections. The third state of emergency was declared to Tokyo, and the metropolitan government plans to take tougher anti-virus measures, such as a request to large visitor-attracting facilities to close business from tomorrow. It is feared that flow of people to Kanagawa would rapidly increase because of Tokyo’s measures.
The holiday season of Golden Week is going to start, and people are expected to move more actively. Now, we need to take stronger measures to stop spread of infections.
I would like to ask the prefectural citizens and business operators the following again to this end.
[To business operators]
Restaurants in other areas are also requested to take prevention measures according to their respective situation, such as limitation of amount of alcohol to be provided and time to serve alcohol.
[To prefectural citizens]
These requests are made to stop spread of infection by reducing people’s movement and contact opportunities, and thus protect lives of people. Preventive measures taken by each of you will be the key to protect lives of your family and your friends.
As the number of new cases rises, the situation of hospital beds is becoming tight in Kanagawa, too, and we will request medical institutions to increase the number of beds immediately available for patients. To secure medical care system during the GW holidays, we will provide financial assistance to medical institutions that will stay opened to receive patients with a fever.
In usual years, K.P.G. municipal governments and many other business operators are happy to welcome visitors from inside and outside the prefecture with warm hospitality. Regrettably, however, under the COVID-19 pandemic, you cannot have fun in Kanagawa this year.
So, GW is a week of gaman (endurance) this year again.
To those who live outside the prefecture, please refrain from coming to Kanagawa for now.
And to the prefectural citizens, please don’t go out of Kanagawa.
Stay home with your family during the GW holidays.
Let’s make a united effort to overcome this difficult time. We ask for your continued cooperation.
April 24, 2021
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture