All national dailies reported that a total of 1,240 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus across the country yesterday, including 309 in Tokyo, 193 in Osaka, and 120 in Aichi, bringing the nationwide cumulative caseload to over 40,000. The numbers of new cases marked record highs in Kanagawa (89), Okinawa (83), and Kumamoto (37). According to Yomiuri, 12 additional cases were detected on U.S. military bases in Okinawa on Tuesday.
The speed of infection appears to be increasing, as it took only nine days for the nationwide caseload to jump by 10,000 to over 40,000, as opposed to 17 days to increase from 20,000 to 30,000. Approximately 60% of recent patients are those in their 20s or 30s, while 11% are 60 or older. About 30% of patients were elderly during the first wave of infection in the spring. Only one in 100 patients were in serious condition as of July 29, as opposed to 5.1% as of May 7. Nikkei attributed the relatively low percentage of seriously ill patients to the clinical experience of doctors treating the disease over the past several months and to the discovery of existing drugs, such as remdesivir, that are beneficial for coronavirus treatment.
Meanwhile, Nikkei wrote that a total of 1,686 virus carriers were forced to stay home nationwide due to the lack of hospital or hotel beds as of July 29, increasing by 3.8 times in two weeks. The prefectural governments of Tokyo, Okinawa, and Aichi are reportedly having difficulty securing hotel rooms to accommodate patients with no or minor symptoms. The daily voiced concern that having patients self-isolate at home will increase the risk of spreading the virus among family members, which is becoming a major source of transmission.