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“We are not changing Japan’s policy, but strengthening it and asking for full cooperation,” Abe said. “I want to make clear once again that even if an emergency is declared, we will not impose a lockdown as has been done overseas. It is the opinion of our experts that that isn’t necessary.”
Public transportation will continue to operate and supermarkets will remain open, Abe said, emphasising that he wanted economic activity to continue as far as possible. Unlike countries like France – where residents can be fined for leaving their homes – there is no legal power to enforce limits on people’s movements.
The package of economic measures, set to be Japan’s biggest ever, surpassed the 60 trillion yen recommended by Abe’s ruling party last week. Details of the package are expected to be announced on Tuesday.
Abe also said he plans to boost virus testing capacity to 20,000 a day as well as increase the number of hospital beds and ventilators. He pledged cash handouts of 200 million yen to small and mid-sized businesses.