Tokyo News: Covid-19 infections signal a downward curve in Tokyo
Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe
Modern Tokyo Times
In the last few days, a downward coronavirus (Covid-19) curve is gradually emerging in Tokyo. This is linked to the current State of Emergency that covers Tokyo and other parts of Japan. Therefore, the lowest Saturday figure of 769 new infections since the middle of December was announced in Tokyo.
However, the capital of Japan is still short of beds and adequate hospital care for thousands of Tokyoites who have to wait on the hospital waiting list. Hence, while the last few days are showing encouraging signs, other important areas remain problematic.
It is complex to get a clear picture because the number of tests continues to fluctuate. Similarly, if the State of Emergency isn’t continued, new infections may increase once more.
The neighboring prefectures of Chiba and Kanagawa both reached new daily highs for new deaths. This relates to 18 deaths in Kanagawa and 10 in Chiba. Likewise, Osaka reached a new daily death high recently of 23 deaths. Therefore, the deaths are still flowing in Japan from the low base that covered the first 9 months of coronavirus entering this country.
Overall, the situation remains fragile because once the State of Emergency is lifted then nobody knows for certain what will follow. Equally, while Japan seeks to implement a vaccine program, this may take longer than expected because the European Union – and other parts of the world – are vying to vaccinate internally first.
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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