NHK reported at noon that a meeting of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases began in Tokyo today, saying that President Tateda expressed the view that “Japan is currently right in the middle of the second wave” of COVID-19 infections. “If you look at Tokyo and the nation as a whole, it seems like the number of new cases has peaked, but we need to pay attention to whether the numbers go up again,” he said. “We should anticipate third and fourth waves in the future. We need to deal with the novel coronavirus by adopting a new lifestyle. The association will collect the latest findings in order to reduce the number of seriously ill patients as much as possible and protect medical facilities from being thrown into confusion.” The network said the meeting, which is being held both online and in person with a total of 3,000 participants, will continue until Aug. 21.