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Hospital beds in many spots are over 50% filled as COVID-19 surges

The occupancy rate of hospital beds was exceeding 50 percent in 18 of 47 prefectures as of July 26 amid the seventh wave of COVID-19 cases in Japan.   The benchmark is one of the criteria for determining that general medical treatment needs to be restricted as hospital beds for COVID-19 patients are running low.   More than 60 percent….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:03 p.m.
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New COVID cases hit record high nationwide on Thursday

All national papers reported that a record 233,100 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across the country on Thursday, including 40,406 in Tokyo, also a record high. As a result of the relentless surge in cases, hospitalization rates are also rising, with bed occupancy rates exceeding 50% in 19 prefectures, including Okinawa (88%), Kanagawa (74%), Shizuoka (74%), and Wakayama (70%). In….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
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GOJ to call for elderly to stay home amid COVID resurgence 

All national papers reported that the GOJ plans to institute a new scheme for prefectures that have been severely affected by the latest wave of COVID-19, noting that under the “Declaration on Enhancing Measures against BA.5,” prefectural authorities will be allowed to call for the elderly not to go out. Mainichi interpreted the new initiative as a substitute for quasi-state….Read more

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Japan records highest number of new COVID cases among G7

Nikkei wrote that amid the seventh wave of COVID-19, Japan recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases among G7 nations on Tuesday. According to Johns Hopkins University data, about 176,000 new cases were confirmed in Japan on Tuesday, ten times more than a month ago, putting Japan ahead of the United States, which confirmed about 129,000 new cases. The….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
  • , Nikkei
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Editorial: 4th vaccine shots for high-risk individuals must now be a priority

The government has formally decided to expand its program to provide fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses to cover health care workers and staff at facilities for the elderly.   We see no reason to take exception to the measure as it is aimed at reducing the risk of patients and elderly people becoming infected at hospitals and nursing care facilities. But….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:45 p.m.
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Kishida stresses importance of easing public anxiety about monkeypox

NHK reported that during a meeting of senior LDP executives on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Kishida referred to the nation’s first case of monkeypox and underscored the importance of dispelling public anxiety about the infectious disease by explaining that it is transmitted primarily through physical contact and the smallpox vaccine is effective in curbing its spread. Speaking on the recent….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , NHK
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Japan confirms 126,576 new COVID-19 cases on Monday 

Yomiuri reported that 126,576 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide on Monday, saying that although the nationwide daily case number dropped below 150,000 for the first time in six days, it was a record high for a Monday. A total of 48 people died, and the number of seriously ill patients rose by 16 from the previous day to….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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More than 200,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed nationwide on Saturday

The Sunday editions of all national dailies reported that 200,975 people tested positive for COVID-19 nationwide on Saturday, exceeding 200,000 for the first time. According to the papers, the number of cases nationwide hit a record high for the fourth consecutive day that was almost double the level reached during the peak of the sixth wave. On Saturday, 17 prefectures,….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
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Quarantine period for close contacts to be shortened to five days

All national dailies reported on Saturday that Health Minister Goto announced on Friday that in view of the rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the quarantine period for close contacts will be shortened from the current seven days to five days and the quarantine period may be lifted on the third day at the earliest for contacts who….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno tests positive for COVID-19

All national dailies reported on Sunday that the GOJ announced on Saturday that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno has contracted COVID-19. According to the Cabinet Secretariat, Matsuno developed a fever on Friday evening and tested positive on Saturday. He is reportedly recuperating at home. Nobody else at the Kantei, including Prime Minister Kishida, has been confirmed as a close contact.

  • July 24, 2022
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