World Coronavirus: Tokyo will ask for emergency measures to stem the increase in cases
Weekly coronavirus cases nearing 500,000 as cases rise in 27 states
The U.S. saw a 10% rise in new weekly coronavirus infections from 453,116 new cases last week to 498,637 new cases this week as 25 states also saw increases.Over the last seven days, the nation has reported 498,637 new infections, which is the highest weekly total recorded since February 26.
health-coronavirus-tokyo-emergency: coronavirus: Tokyo will ask for emergency measures to stem the increase in cases
by Rocky Swift
Tokyo (Reuters) - The Governor of Tokyo Prefecture, Yuriko Koike, said Thursday that she would ask the central government Japanese to impose emergency measures to stem the wave of COVID-19 infections in the Nippone Capital Region.
This request comes after a meeting with medical experts, who warned against a massive rise in infections that could exceed the cases recorded during the third wave of the pandemic, the most murderer so far. The experts also warned against the many cases of coronavirus variant.
Why even a small increase in Covid-19 cases is so scary
What can start small can quickly get very big.The increase might seem small; the US is still better off than it was in January. And news about America’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout keeps getting better and better. But there’s a reason Walensky and other public health officials and experts are still so worried about the uptick in cases: exponential spread.
The prefectures of Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi started on Monday a month of targeted containment measures, in order to contain a more virulent strain of the virus.
Contaminations are up in Tokyo, with 555 new infections Wednesday, the highest record recorded since February. Thursday, the new cases settled at 545.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Sunday that the measures, which allow regional governments to order restaurants to close earlier and to impose fines in case of non-respect, would be extended if necessary.
(French version Kate entringer, edited by Blandine Hénault)
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