COVID-19 in Japan news round-up
- The health ministry formally issued fast-track approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Friday for children age 5 to 11, with the government preparing to kick-start the rollout in March.
- Taking a page out of a familiar playbook, 13 more prefectures will soon impose restrictions on alcohol sales and business hours as part of quasi-emergency measures, but the rules vary from one prefecture to the next.
- Many educators in Japan are on edge about the spread of the coronavirus in children, especially due to the approaching entrance exam season.
- The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients in Japan totaled 404 Friday, up by 117 from a day before, the health ministry said.