Providing proper supplies to healthcare workers, such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons
Severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
Healthcare workers rely on personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others.
Abe was facing heavy pressure to declare a state of emergency after the number of new cases in Tokyo began doubling every several days in late March. The city of 14 million had 1,196 cases as of Tuesday, up from about 600 a week earlier. Japan focused on dealing with clusters of infections and selective testing for the virus, a strategy that has failed to curb its spread. The state of emergency announced Tuesday applies to only Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures. That is only seven of Japan's 47 prefectures. Residents are requested to avoid non-essential trips within and outside the designated areas.
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