The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, asked citizens to exercise extreme caution in the face of the new record of daily cases of COVID-19 registered the day before, and advanced that additional measures will be taken to contain the infections.
Suga affirmed that the country is in “maximum alert” before the spike in infections, and called on the Japanese to wear a mask even on occasions such as talking during a dinner in a restaurant, in statements to the media.
The head of government also noted that he has asked the minister in charge of response against the pandemic, Yasutoshi Nishimura, to take additional measures to prevent the spread of the virus during the government panel meeting to be held between now and Friday.
These measures could include reduction of hours of bars and restaurants in the most affected prefectures, Suga said, adding that the central government “will help” local authorities to re-apply restrictions that were already in place last spring.
According to the latest official data of daily infections for Wednesday, Japan registered 2,179 new cases, which is the highest figure to date and confirms the new wave of infections that affects Tokyo and other regions of the country.
Most affected regions
The Tokyo region, the most affected by the virus, also registered a record number of infections the day before (493). According to the latest figures, in Japan, a country of about 126 million inhabitants, some 124,000 people had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, with 1,947 deaths.
Another of the areas most affected by the new wave is the northern island of Hokkaido, in whose most important city, Sapporo, the authorities have recommended to citizens stay at home until the end of November except for essential trips.
Third wave of infections
The third wave of infections It happens to those that took place between April and May, during the first phase of spread of infections throughout the Japanese territory, and to a second registered in August with a higher number of infected but lower in terms of deaths.
Japan was under social restrictions last April and May, as part of the state of health emergency approved by the Government, but the alert was lifted on May 25 and since then there has been a progressive relaxation of restrictions.