Japan Terminates COVID-19 Pre-Emergency

TOKYO – Japan has terminated its novel coronavirus pre-emergency measures put in place to stop the rapid spread of infections driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

This is the first time since Jan. 8 that the entire nation is not under any form of pandemic-related emergency.

Bars and restaurants will no longer have to shorten their operating hours. They can now serve alcoholic beverages without any restrictions.

The country logged 20,231 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. - Florenda Corpuz

(Article cover photo: People wearing face masks cross a street in Tokyo’s Ginza area on March 2, 2022. Din Eugenio)