Message from the Governor of Kochi regarding COVID-19〈26 August 2021〉

A message to the people of Kochi Prefecture〈26 August 2021〉
【Kochi Prefecture HP】<Japanese>↓

<English translation>

Introduction of Quasi-Emergency Measures

〇 Recently there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases in Kochi Prefecture, in particular in the last few days. On 25 August, there were 111 new confirmed cases and 107 on 26 August.

〇 Due to this, Kochi Prefecture will enter Quasi-Emergency Measures from 27 August 2021 to 12 September 2021 as announced yesterday by the national government.

〇 I ask for the cooperation of all residents of Kochi to comply with the following two guidelines until 12 September 2021.

【For all residents of Kochi Prefecture 】
Please avoid all unnecessary outings regardless of the time of day. Going out when required is still okay (e.g. to go to the supermarket), but when you do go out please avoid meeting friends etc. In particular, due to the high levels of COVID-19 infections, please avoid unnecessary travel to Kochi City.

【For restaurant owners in Kochi City 】
Please close at 8pm each day and please do not serve alcohol at any time of day. The prefectural government will pay business that cooperate with the request every day for the next 17 days (the period until the 12 September 2021).

〇 With a continuation in the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, there is a risk that there will be a lack of hospital beds for patients who require hospitalization. This will require people suffering from a mild case of COVID-19 to manage their illness at home. The prefectural government aims to ensure that those who contract COVID-19 are able to effectively recover in hospital or, if possible, at home.

〇 As always, I would ask all residents to cooperate with basic infection prevention measures such as wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly and avoiding the 3 C`s.

〇 As there is a high level of infection amongst young people who have not yet been vaccinated, I urge this group in particular to proactively book in to be vaccinated when the opportunity arises.

26 August 2021
Governor of Kochi Prefecture
Hamada Seiji