Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday – CBC

‘We’ve had trouble securing hospital capacity and that’s my regret,’ Japan’s PM says

Sep 09, 2021

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday announced an extension of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 other areas until the end of September, saying health-care systems remain under severe strain, and that the continuing challenges of fighting the virus had led to his decision not to seek another term.

The state of emergency, which was to end on Sunday, was issued first in Okinawa in May and gradually expanded and extended as the country prepared to host the Olympics.

Despite the prolonged emergency, the largely voluntary measures have grown less effective as exhausted Japanese increasingly ignore them. Suga has come under fire for failing to deliver more effective measures and a convincing message to win people’s support.

Suga said serious COVID-19 cases remain high and are still overwhelming many hospitals. He called on people to continue to work remotely and observe other physical distancing measures “so that we can return to safe and prosperous daily lives.”

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