The Japanese government is having second thoughts to easing crowd limits at events as infections rise

A senior government official said on Saturday, The Japanese government is having second thoughts about relaxing the current restrictions on the number of spectators allowed to enter sporting and other major events.

Economy minister in charge of Japan’s Yasutoshi Nishimura said “We need to think about this carefully,” and measures against the spread of the coronavirus, said at a press conference, referring to the government’s initial plan to further ease the restrictions next month.

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After the government fully ended a nationwide state of emergency in late May , His comment came amid a recent surge in the number of infections in Tokyo and elsewhere.

From July 10, Japan relaxed its guidance for spectators at sporting, concert and other events to a maximum as compared to previous number i.e from 1,000 to 5,000, where as it is mentioned the capacity at indoor venues must be kept at 50 percent or below the usual level moreover the government had initially planned to scrap the limits as early as Aug 1.

Nishimura voiced concern over an increasing number of infections with unknown routes.

According to a Kyodo News tally based on information provided by authorities across the country, On Saturday, the Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed 290 new cases of the virus, following a single-day record of 293 the previous day. Across Japan, more than 660 new infections, the most since April 11, were confirmed.

Very soon in future the government will hold a subcommittee meeting to discuss the pros and cons of easing the crowd limits.

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