As of Jan. 14, Kumamoto Prefecture declared its own state of emergency to prevent the new coronavirus’s further spread. With a weekly count of 557 new infections between Jan. 6 ~ 12, the prefecture struggles against a severe infection spike that surpasses the national criterion for ‘stage IV.’ While recent discussion between the prefecture and the national government reportedly omitted Kumamoto to the latest state-of-emergency regions, the prefectural governor, Ikuo Kabashima, quickly made the same requests to residents and businesses. The prefecture would also aid local eateries that fully cooperate with the requests by paying ¥40,000 per day. Kumamoto’s state of emergency would be in effect until Feb. 7. Source: Kumamoto Prefecture / Kumanichi Shimbun / NHK
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