Tokyo records a new daily high of 493 Covid-19 infections
Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
Alarmingly, Tokyo reported a record high of 493 new coronavirus infections from only 1,292 tests. This is a very high ratio and highlights how the coronavirus crisis is spreading once more in Japan.
The main age group applies to people aged between 20 and 49. Hence, concerns are growing in Tokyo – and in other cities including Hokkaido and Osaka – of a fresh crisis. Therefore, with usual tests on Wednesdays accounting for approximately 4,000 tests, it is surprising that so few tests were taken.
Speculation abounds that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will raise the coronavirus system to level 4. Thus, with the highest level being 4, this highlights the severity of the situation in Tokyo.
It should be stated that the influenza season will start soon and the climate will drop once winter sets in. Hence, it is believed that the next few months will be very testing for Tokyo and other cities throughout Japan that are blighted by the coronavirus.
Equally worrying, many routes of coronavirus can’t be traced and this will further hinder the fight against this virus.
In recent days, new highs have been reported in Hyogo, Ibaraki, Kyoto, Nagano, Niigata, and Oita. Similarly, in recent weeks the situation in Hokkaido is extremely problematic after recent new highs. Therefore, the encouragement of eating out in busy establishments and tourism needs to be addressed during this crucial juncture in the fight against coronavirus.
https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/ – Tokyo Metropolitan Government website for updates about the coronavirus crisis in Tokyo.
https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html – Japan and Tokyo Covid-19 news with more analysis
https://covid19japan.com/ – Japan regional coronavirus statistics
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ World coronavirus statistics
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