Post offices suspend services amid pandemic

NHK -- Jan 29
Dozens of post offices in Japan have been forced to suspend in-person services amid the latest wave of coronavirus infections.

Japan Post says that as of Friday evening, 45 branches had halted their counter services after several employees got infected or were classified as close contacts.

Most of the affected branches are small, but some are in urban areas and have large customer bases.

One is in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, and gets an average of about 100 visitors each day. Management suspended counter services on January 20, and has also halted ATM services. People are asked to use a nearby post office instead.

Another post office in Setagaya suspended in-person services last Monday. It typically gets around 1,000 visitors a day.

Japan Post says wherever possible it is sending workers from surrounding branches to assist at outlets that have been hit by sudden staff shortages. But it says this is becoming increasingly difficult.

It says there has been no major impact on its delivery services.

新型コロナウイルスの濃厚接触者について、岸田総理は28日、自宅などでの待機期間を、これまでの10日間から7日間に短縮する方針を表明しました。 岸田総理:「専門家の意見や新たに判明した科学的根拠を踏まえて、一般の方は10日間から7日間に変更。エッセンシャルワーカーについては、2回の検査を組み合わせ、5日目に解除する」 無症状の感染者についても、療養期間を短縮する方針を明らかにしました。 - ANNnewsCH