hey Japan On the eve of the Paralympic Games this Monday (23) recorded the 12th consecutive day of record in the average of new Covid-19 cases.
The competition begins this Tuesday (the 24th), runs until 5 September and, like the Olympic Games, will not have spectators. Due to the state of emergency due to the pandemic.
The country recorded an average of 22,400 new infections daily in the past week, with a daily record of more than 25,000 cases on Friday (20), due to the delta version (watch video below).
Japan records over 25,000 Covid cases for the first time in 24 hours
Also on Monday the governments of Japan and Tokyo Calls on capital hospitals to admit more Covid-19 patients, as less than one in 10 infected is hospitalised.
Japanese Health Minister Norihisa Tamura, along with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, said: “The delta version has no stronger transmission capacity than the previous one.” “We want more support from the medical community to get hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.”
This is the first time the Japanese government has issued such an appeal under the Infectious Disease Control Act.
on Tuesday (17) The Japanese government has extended the state of emergency to seven more areas to counter the rise in cases. The measure is already in place in Tokyo and five other regions.
The initial forecast was to end the state of emergency on the 31st, but, due to the persistent record of infected people, the government decided to extend it to 12 September and extend the measures to other areas.
The state of emergency sanctions are much more lenient than those adopted in other countries: they only restrict the operation of bars and restaurants, prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages and recommend remote work.
Despite a sharp increase in the number of new infections, Japan’s initial success in dealing with the pandemic is tarnishing. Deaths have not increased at the same rate and vaccination against COVID-19 has gained strong traction.
People wear COVID-19 protective masks in Japan’s capital Tokyo, August 6, 2021 – Photo: Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters
The country recorded an average of 32 new deaths per day over the past week, which is still well below the record 113 victims recorded at the end of May (and much better than most countries).
Japan is the world’s 11th most populous country with approximately 126 million residents, and 1.31 million people have been infected and 15,600 have died from COVID-19 so far.
Other than this, Japan has administered an average of over 1 million vaccines a day since July 29, and currently 52% of the population has received at least one dose and 41% are fully immunized.
The country is the fifth country to have implemented the highest number of doses (118 million) and has already given 93 doses for every 100 Japanese, a level higher than the world average (63) and the like. Australia (66), South Korea (70) e Brazil (83).
Also, this number is still very low compared to many countries, such as Uruguay (152), Israel (148), Chile (142), China (135), United Kingdom (131) E America (108), in addition to the average of The European Union (115).
A health worker received the vaccine in Chiba, Japan in February this year – Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP