The plan will rely on vaccine passports or some other document that verifies an individual is fully inoculated.
Attempts to discourage even vaccinated people from traveling, dining out or attending large-scale events could end as early as October.
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With Tokyo officials underestimating demand for shots, all the available slots were filled hours before registration was supposed to begin.
With COVID-19 measures now covering the vast majority of the country, there are growing calls for a state of emergency or quasi-emergency to be implemented nationwide.
Vaccination rates and the number of severely ill patients are likely to play larger roles whenever the country looks to lift the current state of emergency.
Beds for severely ill COVID-19 patients are almost constantly occupied, and hospitals say a better system is needed for discharging patients.
The emergency is set to be expanded to Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures from Friday and is scheduled to run until Sept. 12.
The Tokyo government has prepared 6,240 rooms across 16 empty hotels for nonsevere patients, but only about 1,800 can be utilized with the staff currently on hand.
Infectious disease experts advising the capital said Thursday that numbers of severely ill patients are rising fast, and that maintaining the health system will soon become difficult.