Mayor's comment following the announcement by Ibaraki Governor to raise COVID-19 response level to stage 3, and designation of areas where infection is spreading (July 27, 2021)
July 28, 2021 2:45 PM ｜ Others
At a press conference today (July 27), Ibaraki Governor Oigawa announced that he has raised the Prefecture's COVID-19 response level from Stage 2 to Stage 3. He also designated 16 municipalities in the Prefecture, including Tsukuba, as "areas where infection is spreading". This designation will take effect from July 30 (Friday) to August 12 (Thursday). The restrictions of the designated areas are the same as before where the residents are requested to avoid non-essential travel, and all the restaurants and bars are urged to close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (and to stop serving alcoholic beverages at 7 p.m.). Ibaraki Prefecture will provide subsidies to the restaurants and bars cooperating with this request for the entire period, according to the size of their business.
Today, 96 people were found positive in Ibaraki Prefecture, and in Tsukuba City, there were 21 positive cases (of these, 12 persons were confirmed positive following close contact with infected persons). The Governor presumes that this rapid increase in positive cases both in the Prefecture and the City is mainly due to a new variant of the virus. It is concerned that the increase in positive cases affects bed occupancy in hospitals which is an important indicator. This is not the first such designation for Tsukuba and we sincerely apologize for the great inconvenience this may cause for our residents and business owners. However, please cooperate with the request to avoid non-essential travel and to shorten business hours, and continue to thoroughly observe preventative measures to stop the spread of infection, including washing hands, wearing face masks, covering mouth when coughing and avoiding "3Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact
Mayor of Tsukuba