Mayor's Comment Regarding Cancellation of the Designation as "Areas Where Infection is Spreading" by Ibaraki Governor (May 17, 2021)
May 19, 2021 1:20 PM ｜ Others
At a press conference today (May 17), Ibaraki Governor Oigawa announced that on May 20, he will end the designation of Tsukuba City as an "Area Where Infection is Spreading" that was applied from May 6 to 19. Although the designation in Tsukuba City will end soon, 10 municipalities in Ibaraki Prefecture have been newly designated as "Areas Where Infection is Spreading", and 7 municipalities will remain under the existing designation. The Governor also announced that he had urged the national government to promptly apply "Priority Measures to Prevent the Spread of the Virus" to the Prefecture as of May 17, due to the rapid spread of the infection in the Prefecture which is putting major pressure on the medical care system.
Although there were no positive cases in Tsukuba City today, 80 people have been found to be positive within Ibaraki Prefecture. Thanks to all residents in Tsukuba City, the designation of the City as an "Area Where Infection is Spreading" will soon end, but the number of people infected in the City remains high and could be re-designated at any time. Furthermore, as mentioned by the Governor, infections among young people, as well as the proportions of infections from mutant strains are increasing, which raises the risk of the virus spreading even further. I would like to strongly urge all residents in the City to carry on taking the basic, thorough and appropriate preventative measures.
Mayor of Tsukuba City