Jan. 7 (UPI) — Japan declared a state of emergency as COVID-19 instances and associated deaths mount to file ranges within the nation, however critics say the measures are “too little, too late.”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated Thursday the emergency declaration applies to Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, citing a “critical state of affairs” and a “very nice sense of disaster.”

The emergency declaration, which fits into impact on Friday and could possibly be lifted by Feb. 7, requires all eating places to abide by an eight p.m. curfew. The coverage additionally goals to cut back the inhabitants of commuting staff by 70% and apply new restrictions on sporting occasions and concert events.

Japan has been reporting hundreds of recent instances day by day since New 12 months’s Day. On Thursday, authorities confirmed about 7,500 new instances nationwide. The Tokyo metropolitan reported 2,447 new infections, in accordance with CNN on Thursday. Japan has reported 252,317 instances for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

Toshio Nakagawa, president of the Japan Medical Affiliation, stated the brand new coverage may not be sufficient.

“The fact is [the country] is already in a state of medical collapse,” Nakagawa stated throughout a press convention. “Relying on the way forward for infections, we’ve got to think about increasing the nationwide declaration of emergency.”

Suga, who’s underneath criticism for delaying an emergency declaration regardless of pleas from politicians like Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in December, is more and more coming underneath hearth from residents who say the federal government procrastinated as instances climbed.

Tadashi Fushimi, a protester in Tokyo, advised South Korean community KBS the insurance policies have “failed” and led to the surge in infections.

“Many individuals want COVID-19 exams, however they’re in a state of affairs the place they can not get examined,” the Japanese protester stated.

Japan rescheduled the 2020 Summer season Olympics final yr, however the nation could also be confronted with a tricky selection regardless of plans to go forward with the Video games in July. The plan is to carry a pared-back Olympics in the summertime, in accordance with CNN.