Tokyo, March 4 (Jiji Press)–Medical experts, at a Tokyo metropolitan government meeting Thursday, called for stricter measures to reduce new coronavirus cases in the capital before the state of emergency is lifted.
“We need to not only curb the flow of people but take further steps,” an expert said at the coronavirus monitoring meeting.
Many members of the meeting also warned of a possible resurgence in the cases.
Norio Omagari of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine said he fears that “the number of new cases will turn up” due to cherry blossom-viewing parties as well as farewell and welcome parties in spring.
Insufficient efforts to contain the second wave of infection last summer led to the substantial third wave of cases, he stressed.
Another expert suggested the possibility of the pandemic raging again while hospital bed shortages remain unresolved.
Although on a decline, the number of COVID-19 inpatients still stood high at 1,519 as of Thursday, according to metropolitan government data.
Also at the meeting, it was reported that as of the end of February the number of people spotted in major busy districts in the capital during daytime surged 34 pct from Jan. 2, six days before the declaration of the coronavirus state of emergency, while the night-time figure showed a modest 8 pct increase.
Experts underscored the importance of thoroughly implementing infection prevention measures during lunch hours, besides asking people to refrain from going out.