The Japanese government is already considering the expected lifting of the state of emergency before May 31, after 70 new infections have been confirmed in the past few hours, up to 15,847, excluding the 712 of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
Minister for Economic Revitalization, Nishimura Yasutoshi, said in an interview with the NHK public network this Sunday that the government would review its decision next week after hearing the opinions of an expert committee.
Nishimura has indicated that this will depend on a decrease in weekly new cases and new infections in relation to the regional population.
The national death toll in Japan is 646, including 13 from the cruise. Tokyo remains the epicenter of the disease with 22 new cases that increase the total number of infections to 4,868.