Mayor's Comment Following the Announcement by Ibaraki Governor on Additional Areas in the Prefecture Where Infection is Spreading (April 26, 2021)
April 27, 2021 5:00 PM ｜ Others
At a press conference today, Ibaraki Governor Oigawa announced that he further designated 9 municipalities in the Prefecture as "Areas Where Infection is Spreading" in addition to the 6 municipalities which had been already designated. This designation will take effect from April 29 to May 12. He asked residents of the designated municipalities to avoid non-essential travel, and also exhorted restaurants, bars and other commercial establishments to shorten their business hours during this period. The governor also announced that the Prefecture would raise its COVID-19 response level from Stage 2 to 3. Although Tsukuba City is not included in the designated municipalities, given that the infection is spreading within the Prefecture, the Governor requested all its residents to avoid non-essential travel to other prefectures as much as possible, and to thoroughly observe preventative measures when dining with other people during the Golden Week Holidays.
There were no positive cases in Tsukuba City today, but 35 people were found positive within Ibaraki Prefecture. The number of infections continues to rise in the Prefecture, causing a rapid increase in bed occupancy in hospitals. To prevent the further spread of infection, I would sincerely like to exhort all residents of Tsukuba City once again to appropriately wear face masks, redouble their preventative measures when dining with other people and avoid non-essential travel to and from other prefectures.
Mayor of Tsukuba City