On Thursday, Tokyo set a new record for COVID-19 cases, rising to more than 5,000 new infections a day, three days before the end of the Games, when the government plans to extend restrictions to eight additional Japanese departments.
The country’s capital reported 5,042 new Govt-19 cases on Thursday, surpassing the mark of 4,000 new daily cases in a week.
The number of new infections, driven by the spread of the highly contagious delta type, crossed a record high of 14,000 across the country for the first time on Wednesday.
“Infections are spreading at a rate we do not yet know,” Prime Minister Yoshihit Suka told a meeting of his government on Thursday about the health crisis.
“With the rapid increase in cases, the number of patients in critical condition (so far, the author’s reference) is increasing,” Mr Suka warned.
Japan has so far relatively escaped the epidemic, with about 15,000 deaths (national population of 126 million) from the appearance of the corona virus on its soil, without strict controls.
But vaccination in the country began slowly, and now less than a third of Japanese are vaccinated.
Six departments, including Tokyo and Osaka (West), are currently in a state of emergency until August 31. The device, above all, advises people to close bars and restaurants early and not to serve alcohol. Followed.
The government on Thursday decided to add eight additional ports to the device, which would apply to other sectors of the archipelago as an “emergency emergency”.
But health experts are questioning the effectiveness of these measures, saying the emergency is easier than it provided.
“We really need to introduce a new kind of measures to deal with this situation,” said Koji Wada, a professor at the International University of Health and Welfare.
The eruption comes as the Olympics are in full swing. But this event takes place almost behind closed doors and with many restrictions on all participants, instead there were infections around it.
To date, organizers have identified 353 Govt-19 cases in tens of thousands of people (athletes and management, volunteers, officials, journalists) involved in sports since July 1st.
Organizers say the sporting event did not contribute to the country’s deteriorating health, despite fears of Japanese public opinion.
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