Japanese Medical Association President Toshio Nakagawa urged the government on Wednesday to declare a new state of emergency in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic at an early date, describing the continued national spread of infections as a “fourth wave “.
“An early declaration of emergency is necessary,” Nakagawa said at a regular press conference.
The call came amid fears of a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases if movement of people increases further, with the Golden Week holiday period set to begin later this month.
The head of the medical association said the Osaka Prefecture medical system was starting to collapse, making it difficult for those present to receive proper medical treatment if needed.
In Osaka, the number of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row.
“A similar situation can occur in the metropolitan area (including Tokyo), where the previous state of emergency was lifted three weeks later (than in Osaka),” Nakagawa said.
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