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In response to the extension of the period of priority measures against COVID-19 infection to August 22, Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) made requests to eating and drinking establishments in cities of Yokohama, Kawasaki, Sagamihara and Atsugi to suspend providing alcohol, etc. from this week, excluding establishments certified as the one recommending mask wearing.
However, the number of new cases rapidly increased in the past few days exceeding the level of Stage IV, a criterion for declaring a state of emergency, on July 14. It reached as large as 446 today.
This infection surge is considered to have been spurred by an increase in people going out and moving around as well as more contagious Delta variant. The infection is spreading at a very fast pace equivalent to that of early this year when a state of emergency was declared. If this situation continues, we may face shortages of hospital beds by the end of this month.
I cannot help but say that Kanagawa Prefecture has now entered in a state of emergency.
Against this backdrop, we issue the “state of emergency declaration Kanagawa version” today. From July 22, we will make the strictest responses possible in the priority measures presently applied, which will be the same level as the anti-virus measures implemented by Tokyo in the state of emergency declaration.
In addition, we will make a request to the national government to apply the state of emergency declaration based on the Act on Special Measures depending on the future infection situation in Kanagawa.
It’s hard for me to impose further burden on you, however, in the face of this emergency, let me make the following requests to contain moving of people.
[To business operators]
[To prefectural citizens]
We have to prevent collapse of medical care system whatever it takes, until all citizens wishing for vaccination are inoculated.
K.P.G. swiftly transfers to Phase 4, where we work for securing the maximum number of hospital beds to ensure the stable medical care provision system.
I would like to ask you to make a united effort in preventing spread of infection so that we can put an end to this emergency as soon as possible.
Your continued understanding and cooperation would be highly appreciated.
July 16, 2021
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture