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Suga alarmed by potential COVID-19 resurgence

All national papers highlighted remarks made at an Upper House meeting yesterday by Prime Minister Suga, who expressed alarm over the resurgence of the novel coronavirus. “At this moment, I don’t think the current wave is big enough across the country to be called a fourth wave,” he was quoted as saying. “But we need to be extremely vigilant.” Chairman Omi of the GOJ coronavirus taskforce subcommittee also said during the parliamentary session that Tokyo may soon witness a spike in infections similar to the one in Osaka unless thorough mitigation measures are enforced immediately. Sankei said the new COVID-19 strains are spreading rapidly nationwide, with the number of people infected with the emerging variants increasing 2.5-fold as of the end of March from three weeks ago.

 

In a related story, Yomiuri wrote that hospital capacities in Osaka, Hyogo, and Miyagi are under heavy strain due to the continued surge in cases. Some 66% of the beds secured for COVID-19 patients were occupied in Hyogo as of April 4, up 15 points from two weeks ago. The corresponding figures in Osaka and Miyagi were 47% (up 18 points) and 42% (up 20 points), respectively.

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