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US News Shinzo Abe’s coronavirus mask plan slammed by Japanese residents

09:45  03 april  2020
09:45  03 april  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ' s two- masks -per-household plan has been roundly ridiculed by his residents . Abe stated the government would prioritize mailing out masks to nearly 50 million households in coronavirus hot zones at the end of April.

As countries around the world debate when and how to ease pandemic restrictions, coronavirus infections continue their steady rise in Japan . On April 16, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was forced to declare a national state of emergency until at least May 6, covering all 47 prefectures.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on March 28, 2020. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on March 28, 2020. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images) Here, that oughta hold ya.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being skewered by his own people after floating a proposal of mailing just two reusable cloth face masks to each household sometime later this month, reported CNN.

The plan was quickly ridiculed by social media users, who sent the hashtag “screw your two masks” trending on Twitter Wednesday.

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 02: A woman wearing a face mask cleans a shop window on April 02, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo has seen a record 97 new cases of Covid-19 coronavirus today as infections in Japan top 2500. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated in Parliament that new coronavirus infections have not reached the point where it would be necessary to declare a state of emergency but the nation should remain vigilant against an explosive surge. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 02: A woman wearing a face mask cleans a shop window on April 02, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo has seen a record 97 new cases of Covid-19 coronavirus today as infections in Japan top 2500. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated in Parliament that new coronavirus infections have not reached the point where it would be necessary to declare a state of emergency but the nation should remain vigilant against an explosive surge. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Besides the idea’s obvious shortcoming of how it affects households of three or more occupants, many critics slammed the plan over its late expected date.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ’ s plan to provide two cloth masks for each household, an anti- coronavirus measure that was ridiculed on social media, will cost 46.6 billion yen (4 million), according to a government estimate. The government intends to distribute the masks first to areas under the state of

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Abe stated the government would prioritize mailing out masks to nearly 50 million households in coronavirus hot zones at the end of April.

Although cloth masks do not work as effectively as surgical masks, they are easier to produce en masse.

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The prime minister also has steadfastly refused to declare a nationwide state of emergency despite 2,300 reported cases and, more alarmingly, only 30,000 residents being tested so far.

Health officials fear that the relatively low infection rate will make residents overconfident and provide them with false hope that they will remain healthy if venturing out in public.

Medical experts on Wednesday bemoaned that Japan’s health-care system would be ill-equipped to handle a torrent of COVID-19 patients if the infection rate grows exponentially.

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 02: People wearing face masks are seen during the rush hours amid restrictions against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Tokyo, Japan on April 02, 2020. The economic activities in the capital of Japan still continue amid the new type coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak while the number of rises with more infected people announced as 1996 with the death toll of 62. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © 2020 Anadolu Agency TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 02: People wearing face masks are seen during the rush hours amid restrictions against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Tokyo, Japan on April 02, 2020. The economic activities in the capital of Japan still continue amid the new type coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak while the number of rises with more infected people announced as 1996 with the death toll of 62. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Last week, Tokyo’s governor implored her nearly 14 million residents to work from home and steer clear of public gatherings until April 12, according to CNN. But the Japanese capital has lengthened that date to May 6 as public facilities and schools remain shuttered.

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