Tokyo News: Covid-19 deaths in Tokyo to reach 1,000 in the next 24 hours
Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi
Modern Tokyo Times
In the last two months, the coronavirus (Covid-19) death toll is increasing in Tokyo. February looks set to continue this trend despite recent daily coronavirus infections coming down. For deaths are now starting to flow and the death toll will reach 1,000 in the next twelve hours.
Tokyo recently reached 100,000 coronavirus infections since the crisis began early last year. Thus with 996 deaths being recorded and infections also reaching a new negative milestone, it seems strange that Tokyo is still heavily focused on the Olympic Games. Especially with the health care system in Tokyo coming under strain and deaths beginning to flow.
Indeed, with coronavirus tests being limited in Tokyo compared to other major cities in the developed world, one can only hazard a guess at the real number of infections. Likewise, autopsies are limited and the suspicion is that the real death toll might be higher.
In January, 259 coronavirus deaths were reported. This compares dramatically with only 34 deaths in November. Thus, the December figure of 138 deaths was a warning that early 2021 would witness increasing deaths. Therefore, with 110 deaths in the first five days of February, this highlights the lateness of the State of Emergency in Tokyo.
Approximately 50 percent of people who died over the age of 70 caught coronavirus at hospitals or at nursing homes in January. Thus, this angle needs greater attention to protect the elderly when visiting hospitals. Likewise, greater precautions are needed at nursing homes.
The fear is that with the coronavirus infection rate coming down that the State of Emergency will be lifted too soon. Similarly, even if the State of Emergency isn’t lifted, more people will feel confident to do non-essential shopping and other areas because of the recent decrease in daily infections. Therefore, the fear is that more elderly citizens will be endangered in the short-term until the system is tightened up.
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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