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Health Ministry did not detect “excess deaths” in first five months of this year

  • September 1, 2020
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Nikkei wrote that according to the Health Ministry, the number of people who died nationwide from Jan. 1 through May 31 this year was largely in line with average years. While some 590,000 people died overall, about 3,700 “excess deaths” were reported in 13 prefectures, including Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, and Fukuoka. However, the number of deaths in many other prefectures was below average. Some epidemiologists interpreted the data as suggesting that the novel coronavirus in Japan was not as deadly as in the U.S. or Europe in the spring.

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