Tokyo authorities have reported 1,032 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, having exceeded a thousand infections per day for the second straight year, and are reverting to numbers never seen since the recently extended state of emergency was declared on April 25 more have been seen.
The total number of cases in the capital has already reached 146,594 while 73 people are in critical condition. With that in mind, it must be said that the country is at record highs for people in serious condition: 1,144, according to official estimates by the public broadcaster NHK.
This Friday, the Japanese government decided to extend the state of emergency in the capital and in Osaka Prefecture, one of the epicentres of the coronavirus pandemic, until May 31, at a time when the country has a maximum history of seriously ill patients with patients more than 1,000 seriously ill patients and less than three months after the Olympics.
In addition, the Japanese government’s intervention group decided to extend the scope of the state of emergency, which was originally scheduled to be completed next Tuesday 11th and so far has affected Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiogo, to the Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures from Wednesday 12th .
This decision comes at a time when the country is almost at the height of the fourth wave of infections. In total, the country has recorded 622,000 cases and 10,566 deaths.
The country’s health minister, Norihisa Tamura, has asked caution about the numbers of new cases because, although it represents a 27 percent decline since last Friday – the “peak” of the fourth wave in the country – it is the result of a lower number of tests as the country has just ended what is known as the Golden Week of Holidays (from April 29th to May 5th).
To mitigate the effects of the expansion of the state of emergency, the Japanese government will keep cinemas and large commercial spaces open at reduced hours and with a limited capacity of 5,000 people, or 50 percent of their capacity, the minister’s statement collected by the minister told the official Japanese news agency Kiodo .