Tokyo, Japan | Japan announced on Wednesday that it was expanding to the majority of health measures already in place as part of an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“The transmissibility of the Delta variant is very high. We need more cooperation from the population to overcome this crisis,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced early in the evening.
Currently, 33 of the total 47 Japanese divisions, including the capital Tokyo, which hosts the Paralympic Games, are now affected by these measures. The country has been facing the fifth most violent fifth-wave coronavirus since the end of June.
A national record of contamination was set last Friday (nearly 25,900 cases in 24 hours), with the average daily daily new coronavirus case in Tokyo quadrupled in six weeks.
As these cases spread, the Japanese hospital system was in a “serious condition”, Yasutoshi Nishimura announced earlier today that the minister was responsible for the fight against the epidemic.
Since July, the government has enforced a state of emergency (extended to 13 departments from Wednesday) to close bars and restaurants early and ask people not to drink alcohol and ” avoid unnecessary excursions. However, these references are far from strictly applicable.
The government also hopes that shopping centers and department stores will limit the number of customers they welcome at once and that businesses will favor televerking to reduce employee daily trips by 70%.
Another device with a lower limit was expanded to a total of 12 sections on Wednesday.
Mr. Nishimura called on the governors of all departments concerned to work without delay to strengthen their medical system by setting up oxygen dispensaries or making sure they have adequate medical staff.
He said measures to be implemented in schools would be strengthened and antigen test kits would be distributed from early September.
The country, which has so far relatively escaped the pandemic, has recorded nearly 15,600 deaths since the appearance of the coronavirus in its soil, which is also being counted in its vaccine campaign. After a difficult start, almost 42% of the population is now fully vaccinated.