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Japan is preparing for possible new waves of coronavirus infections

May 16, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced preparations for a second and third contagion wave across the country. A trend that will continue until an effective vaccine against the virus is developed.

Despite the partial lifting of the state of emergency, the president has declared the virus a permanent threat and enemy of a “long battle”.

Japan has confirmed a total of 16,253 cases and 729 deaths since the pandemic was declared, forcing the declaration of a state of emergency, which was maintained through Thursday, in 80 percent of the country, 39 prefectures. Only eight are now in this exceptional condition.

Japan is preparing for possible new waves of coronavirus infections
Japan is preparing for possible new waves of coronavirus infections

However, the Prime Minister has also confirmed that in certain cases he will reinstate the state of emergency in the event of a new increase. For this reason, it has again asked the population to adopt a lifestyle in which social distance prevails.

On the other hand, the Prime Minister has promised to improve the Japanese control system to perform PCR and antibody tests on saliva samples, according to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK in front of the Japanese House of Lords.

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