The daily cases of COVID-19 in Japan exceeded 180,000 this Thursday, translating into a new record for the second consecutive day, according to a report from the Japanese news agency Kyodo News.
El Gobierno metropolitano de Tokio reported 31,878 cases of coronavirus, which exceeded 30,000 for the first time. The previous record of 21,562 cases was registered last February 2.
Record figures were reported in 35 of the 47 prefectures of Japan in the middle of the seventh wave that crossed the Asian country.
The records were registered in Tokyo and other prefectures, including Osaka and Fukuoka, as the subvariant BA.5 micron spread across the country.
In the prefecture of Osaka, in the west of Japan, a record number of 22,047 cases was confirmed, which exceeded the 21,976 registered a day earlier. While in Fukuoka, in the southeast of the country, 10,752 cases were reported, which exceeded 10,000 for the first time.
The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, said that her administration is “doing everything possible to improve the health system” and asked residents to apply for booster shots and take other preventive measures.
Tokyo has been reporting more than 10,000 daily cases since July 12.
In a press conference, the chief secretary of the cabinet, Hirokazu Matsuno, said that there is a “necessity to observe the impact on the health system with maximum caution” while ruling out the possibility of imposing movement restrictions.
El ministro de Salud, Shigeyuki Goto, pointed out that the increase in cases “could increase the number of patients with serious symptoms and affect the medical care system, because it can cause group infections in facilities with high-risk persons, such as hospitals and homes.” para ancianos”.
The last count at the national level was produced when Japan reported 152,536 cases on Wednesday after which a record number was confirmed in 30 of the 47 prefectures.
Despite the increase in cases of COVID-19, the Gobierno has reiterated that it has no plans to impose mobility restrictions.
The head of the panel asesor del Ministerio de Salud sobre la pandemia, Takaji Wakita, manifested that some members asked the Government to consider restrictions such as declaring the state of emergency in the prefectures that are experiencing a rapid propagation of the virus.
According to the panel, adolescents and children are the most vulnerable in the current world. Sin embargo, un reciente aumento de casos entre personas de 60 años o más genera preoccupation de que más pacientes desarrollen símtomás graves.
As Japan enters the summer vacation season, fears increase in the tourism industry and restaurants that a new wave of infections could damage even more companies that have already been affected by previous outbreaks.