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Japan’s daily tally of COVID-19 cases tops 1,000 for first time 

  • July 30, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that the number of new cases of coronavirus infection confirmed in Japan on Wednesday topped 1,200, a record high, exceeding the 1,000 threshold for the first time. Tokyo confirmed 250 cases and other urban areas reported record highs, with Osaka confirming 221, Aichi 167, and Fukuoka 101. Iwate had  been the only prefecture that had no confirmed infections, but that changed on Wednesday when it reported two cases. In total, more than 32,000 cases have been confirmed across the country. The number of active coronavirus cases peaked in late April at around 10,300 before gradually declining through late June, hovering below 700 for about two months. However, the total has soared recently as the virus has spread, topping 8,000 on Tuesday. The country had 81 serious cases as of Wednesday. 


Nikkei wrote that it will probably be difficult for the GOJ to achieve its goal of sustaining the economy while curbing the spread of the virus unless it takes concrete measures. The paper wrote that the government is under pressure to increase the testing capacity and implement measures suitable for the infection situation of each region or business type. The paper noted that the Health Ministry reported that as many as 24,000 PCR tests were conducted in Japan on Monday—about 70% of its goal of 35,000 per day. Japan’s testing capacity reportedly lags far behind those of other nations.  

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