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Japan Governors Seek Guidelines on New COVID-19 Alert System

Japan Governors Seek Guidelines on New COVID-19 Alert System

   Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The National Governors' Association called on the Japanese government Sunday to draw up guidelines on the country's new alert system for the novel coronavirus.
   Under the five-tier COVID-19 alert system, the level of the local infection situation will be decided based more on prefectural governments' judgments than under the older four-tier system.
   "The fifth wave of infections has been subsiding, but we need to be well prepared to prevent a sixth wave," Shinji Hirai, head of the association and governor of the western prefecture of Tottori, said at the start of a videoconference held by the group on the day.
   Hirai said that it is important to minimize a wave of infections by taking measures early based on the number of new positive cases.
   The governors association asked the central government to consider preparing a legal framework for curbing flows of people and to make the public aware of its program to relax movement restrictions through the use of vaccination proof and COVID-19 negative test results.

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