Japan Coronavirus, Japan Covid-19 Cases, Covid-19 Pandemic

Japan Coronavirus, Japan Covid-19 Cases

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

7/30/2021 3:35:00 PM

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

TOKYO -- Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday, July 30, following record spikes in...

July 30, 2021TOKYO -- Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday, July 30, following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba, near Tokyo, as well as in the western city of Osaka, effective Monday until August 31. Emergency measures already in place in Tokyo and the southern island of Okinawa will be extended until the end of August, after the Olympics and well into the Paralympics which start Aug. 24.

Go praises Duterte's UN speech: 'He truly is determined to fight for Filipinos' Isko still open to talks with all parties, including VP Robredo Poll results show steady drop in Duterte satisfaction rating

The upsurge in cases in Tokyo despite more than two weeks of emergency measures is raising doubts that they can effectively slow infections.Five other areas, including Hokkaido, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka, will be placed under less-stringent emergency restrictions.

Tokyo has reported a record increase in cases for three days in a row, including 3,865 on Thursday, before logging another 3,300 on Friday. The cases have doubled since last week, although officials say the surge is unrelated to the Olympics.“Infections are expanding in the Tokyo and western metropolitan areas at an enormous speed that we have never experienced before,” Suga said, as he declared the expansion of the state of emergency. If the spike continues at the current pace with the spread of the more contagious delta variant, Japan's medical system could collapse, he said. headtopics.com

Japan has kept its cases and deaths lower than many other countries, but its seven-day rolling average is growing and now stands at 28 per 100,000 people nationwide and 88 per 100,000 in Tokyo, according to the Health Ministry. This compares to 18.5 in the United States, 48 in Britain and 2.8 in India, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Officials said 2,995 are hospitalized in Tokyo, about half the current capacity of 6,000 beds, with some hospitals already full. More than 10,000 others are isolating at home or in designated hotels, with nearly 5,600 waiting at home while health centers decide where they will be treated. Tokyo is also setting up a facility for those requiring oxygen while waiting for hospital beds.

Nationwide, Japan reported 10,687 cases Thursday, exceeding 10,000 for the first time. It has recorded 15,166 fatalities from Covid-19, including 2,288 in Tokyo, since the pandemic began.The emergency measures focus on an alcohol ban at eateries and karaoke bars and their shortened hours, but have become less effective because people are only requested to remain and work at home. Many have been defying the measures as they become tired of restrictive life.

Suga said his key strategy will be largely unchanged — to target dining. He said subsides will be paid faster to business owners who cooperate, and local authorities will patrol “to increase the effectiveness of the measures.”Earlier Friday, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike noted that people in their 30s or younger account for many recent cases and urged them to “share the sense of crisis” and follow basic measures such as mask wearing and avoiding having parties. headtopics.com

No COVID-19 outbreak in St. Luke's, says management Duterte: No more face shields except in closed, crowded areas GMA's podcast 'Behind The Song,' magsisimula na sa September 28

As of Thursday, 27 percent of the Japanese population has been fully vaccinated. The percentage of the elderly who are fully vaccinated is 71.5 percent. Read more: SunStar Philippines »

WATCH: Gordon gets emotional as senators express support amid pandemic probe

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and fellow opposition senators Kiko Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros thank their colleague for leading the probe into the alleged anomalous pandemic deals

Golfer Yuka Saso to dedicate Tokyo Games performance to familyThe emerging golf talent, a dual citizen of the Philippines and Japan, heads into the Tokyo Olympics with a new mindset, undeterred by the pressure and embracing the support of her family and two home countries.

2 Olympic Games attendees in hospital as Japan COVID-19 cases surgePrime Minister Yoshihide Suga denies a link between the games and the simultaneous rise in cases in the country. Tokyo2020 Olympics

Japan, PH conclude 11th high-level meeting on infra, economic development cooperationThe Nation's Leading Newspaper

Japan, US defense chiefs agree to bolster deterrenceDefense Minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters after the talks that he and USSecretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also exchanged views over the current situation in the East and South China seas, where China is expanding its military presence.

PBA: Magnolia Hotshots trounce TerraFirma to stay unbeaten after 4 gamesThe Magnolia Hotshots have kept their record perfect in four games after beating the TerraFirma Dyip, 105-83, despite the latter’s third quarter run in the continuation of 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City Friday.

4 more Japanese prefectures placed under COVID emergency amid OlympicsJapan decided Friday to expand its COVID-19 state of emergency to Osaka and three prefectures near Tokyo as a recent spike in coronavirus cases to record levels has raised fears that the country's medical system could collapse amid the Tokyo Olympics.