The state of emergency has extended until March 21 in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa on March 5. In this declaration, we are requested to refrain from any nonessential and non-urgent outing after 8:00 pm. If my memory serves me correctly, the withdrawal criterion was less than 500 new cases a day in Tokyo at the beginning of this state of emergency on January 7. Now it's about 300 new cases in Tokyo. That's what they promised, wasn't it? Of course, I know that the capacity of hospitals for patients in critical condition isn't enough. But the promises are promises! Suga PM should give us more convincing explanations for this extension, I think.
By the way, do you know how many people have been vaccinated in Japan so far? 46,469 people, about 0.05% ratio of population, were vaccinated as 1st shot. Compared to other countries which decided to reserve vaccination around same time, the vaccination progress seems extremely slow. Why?! It seems that it takes a long time to check the safety of this vaccine for the genetics race.
It will be the end of the fiscal year in Japan in two weeks. During this period, many people move around Japan in order to go to new workplaces or new schools. Which means, there are so many events like a farewell party, welcome party, and other parties. I wonder if it may be extended once again when this 2 weeks period is over and do hope my prediction is wrong.