Coronavirus Update (27 May)
Here are some more updates:
Kumamoto Prefecture lowers infection warning level
Given the fact that Kumamoto Prefecture has not seen any new confirmed infections for an additional one-week period from 19-25 May, the prefecture has decided to once again lower the warning designation for the whole prefecture, this time from “an area in which infections have been confirmed” (感染確認地域, kansen kakunin chiiki) to “an area in which infections have not been confirmed” (観戦未確認地域 kansen mikakunin chiiki). This is the second lowest level on the prefecture’s scale.
From 26 May, the following events may take place given measures are taken to prevent the spread of infection:
1. Concerts, exhibitions and local festivals (as long as the number of participants can be controlled and the anticipated visitors are from a specific area)
2. Indoor events of 100 people or fewer where the number of participants is less than half of the capacity of the venue.
3. Outdoor events of 200 people or fewer in which the distance between participants can be maintained (preferably 2m)
Kyushu Governors: Self-restraint request on out-of-prefecture travel to be relaxed in stages starting 1 June
Yesterday (26 May) the governors of the prefectures in the Kyushu Region agreed to permit travel between prefectures in stages, starting 1 June.
However, travel to prefectures for which the state of emergency was lifted on the 25 May (i.e. Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba and Hokkaido) must be conducted “with caution” until 18 June. The wording in Japanese is: “移動は慎重にしてください” (idо̄ wa shinchо̄ ni shite kudasai, please travel with caution). https://this.kiji.is/637861450502734945?c=92619697908483575
Recent uptick in new cases in Kitakyushu
Over 40 municipal facilities in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka have been closed after a new flare-up in case activity over the past several days. The Mayor of Kitakyushu is calling for increased vigilance, stating that he feels like the city is on the brink of a second wave. No new infections were confirmed for 23 consecutive days until last Friday, 22 May. However, since that time new infections have been confirmed for 4 consecutive days, totaling 14 new cases. Kitakyushu City is calling for residents to once again refrain from non-necessary and non-urgent outings.
Ministry of Justice: South Africa among countries added to entry ban effective 27 May.
As of 0:00 today (27 May) foreigners with travel history over the preceding 14 days to South Africa as well as 10 additional countries may not enter Japan. This includes anyone with a valid visa or status of residence in Japan such as long term and permanent residents. Travellers from a total of 111 countries/regions are now subject to a ban on entering Japan.