Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, May 25, declared the end to the country’s state of emergency for the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
“I have decided to end the state of emergency across the nation,” Abe said during a televised press conference, reported News Week. “In just over a month and a half, we almost brought (the infection) situation under control.”
Abe lauded Japan’s success in flattening the curve but warned that it did not mean the end of the outbreak, urging people to continue following social distancing guidelines.
Without implementing stringent lockdowns during the virus crisis, Japan with it dense population—126.5 million, had reported 16,628 confirmed cases of the CCP Virus as of Monday and just 851 deaths.
Though the prime minister has faced criticism for taking little action to mitigate the spread of the virus as many other nations like China, European countries, and the United States, experts still cannot explain why the country has a relatively low infection rate and comparatively a small number of deaths due to the virus, according to News Week.
Meanwhile, Americans are vigorously debating the merits of continuing to lock down the U.S. economy to curb the spread of CCP Virus. Opponents have called for a quicker loosening of restrictions and reopening the economy while proponents warned of the price of the “haunting bargain” required to reopen the country.
In some CCP Virus hot spots in the United States, the stay-at-home order remains. New Jersey extended its order to June 5, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week announced that her stay-at-home order will be remained until June 12.
President Donald Trump insisted that he wants to reopen the country, get the U.S. economy going again. His desire has been sharply criticized by Democrats and the mainstream media. At one point, the president said he believes his political critics want a slower reopening to the economy not due to the virus threat but to damage his re-election campaign.
“The people that want to see the right thing happen, they agree with me. We have to get our country open,” President Trump told Fox Business Network‘s Maria Bartiromo. “You know, if it was up to some people let’s keep it closed for a long time … and watch the United States go down the tubes. Not gonna happen. Never gonna happen on my watch.”
The president also stressed that there are also likely to be health effects of keeping people in their houses for such a long time.
“We have to open our country, we have no choice. You know people are dying this way too … they’re dying of this closure … where they’re in their houses or their apartments … they’re not allowed to go out,” he said.