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Epidemic curve shows no sign of flattening

  • August 3, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei reported on the skyrocketing number of coronavirus cases in Tokyo and elsewhere, noting that since the effective reproduction rate in the nation’s capital was 1.41 as of the end of July, the daily caseload may increase to 10,000 by the end of August if the present trend continues. As smartphone tracking data indicates that people’s mobility has not declined substantially even under the state of emergency, the paper expressed alarm that more people will be infected with the highly contagious Delta variant.

 

In related stories, Nikkei, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that many people have no intention to change their summer travel plans despite public authorities’ repeated calls not to travel beyond prefectural borders, noting that train, airline, and hotel reservation rates are relatively high for the upcoming Obon holidays. The dailies published various anecdotes showing that some people are displeased with the authorities’ renewed calls for people to stay home even though the Olympics Games are being held in Tokyo and do not plan to heed them.

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