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Japan has decreed Thursday the “maximum alert” after an escalation of contagion which started at the end of October and has exceeded psychological thresholds in Such and the rest of the country. The capital has recorded 534 new infections on Thursday, breaking the 500 barrier for the first time, after it touched it on Wednesday with 493. The national count reaches 2,259, also exceeding two thousand for the first time, and there are still add data for some prefectures. The experts had already warned that the third wave would more aggressive than the preceding ones.

Japan goes against the grain of global inertia. The measures adopted have been very tepid, with no home confinements or business closures, with only recommendations that the population has complied with. Nor is his monitoring of the lines of contagion extraordinary and the testing, compared to South Korea O China, it’s ridiculous. In Tokyo, where 14 million people are squeezed, barely 5,000 tests are carried out daily. And yet the country shows some enviable records even adding the recent flood, with just 121,000 infections and 1,900 deaths. A culture that shuns physical contact might explain part of these, although experts continue to debate the Japanese exceptionality.

The third wave he has misplaced the numbers and triggered the alarms. “I ask everyone to be extremely cautious,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on television Thursday morning. The Japanese leader, who took office two months ago, referred to the mask already avoid crowds Y closed spaces.

The largest metropolis on the planet

Restless drift in the greater metropolitan area of the planet. “New infections are increasing at a worrying rate and an increasing number of them are asymptomatic or elderly,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has revealed. The city recommended closing business in April, when a state of emergency was declared in much of the country. A month later it was lifted due to the decrease in cases and infections remained at reasonable levels until the end of October. The press assumes that Tokyo will raise the alert in the next few hours from the second to the fourth and highest level of the scale. The measure, however, will not bring traumatic restraints of movement.

Both Tokyo and several prefectures now register daily records that legitimize doubts about some measures to reactivate the economy. The campaign to promote National tourism, which included attractive discounts to mitigate the absence of foreign visitors, is in question. Medical associations do not dare to classify it as the main cause but they do act as catalyst. The Government has admitted that 155 travelers and 144 hotel employees have been infected.

“We are in a phase where infections are increasing rapidly, we have to be vigilant,” said Norio Ohmagari, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohmagari has alluded to parties from end of the year that tradition requires watering with sake in pantagruélic agapes that add up the annual accounts of the restaurants. A recent survey reveals that 90% of companies plan to cancel this year, in the latest test that responsible and sensible companies, not compliant, only require recommendations.

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