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July 31, 2020
Source: Economic Daily
On July 30, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in Japan reached a new high. As of 18:00, the number of infected people had been 1,261, which exceeded the 1,000-person mark for two consecutive days. Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Aichi Prefecture, etc. respectively issued “special warnings for the expansion of infection” and “serious warnings”, and many local governments began to adopt measures to shorten or restrict commercial and entertainment activities.
On July 30, 367 people were newly found to be infected in Tokyo. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced that the business hours of the catering industry and karaoke bars will be shortened from August 3 to August 31, requiring the above industries to close at 10 pm, and expressed their right Cooperating with government actions, shops that hang the "Prevention of New Coronavirus Infection Expansion" logo at the entrance of the store will provide a 200,000 yen cooperation fund. Okinawa Prefecture now requires bars in the Matsuyama area in central Naha to suspend business for two weeks from August 1 to August 15. The prefectural government will issue a 200,000 yen cooperation fund to relevant stores.
Since the declaration of the lifting of the state of emergency in Japan on May 25, the number of newly detected infections has remained within 100 people every day until late June. However, the number of infections began to rise sharply in late June. On July 29, the country exceeded 1,000 for the first time, reaching 1,238. The number of people who were hospitalized or quarantined in hotels nationwide increased from 1,006 on July 1 to 7,063 on July 28, a 6-fold increase. The death toll has also increased since late July. Among them, the number of people hospitalized in Tokyo as of July 29 was 1,106, an increase of 20% from a week ago, especially in middle-aged and elderly patients with severe illness. Experts from Tokyo have called for preparations for home quarantine of infected persons when hospitals and hotel facilities are insufficient. Ozaki Haruo, president of the Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Association, called on the government to amend relevant laws, put forward legally binding regulations on closure of business in key areas, and provide necessary compensation for closure. He said: "This is the last chance to curb the spread of infection."
The spread of infections has also appeared in many places in Japan. Osaka Prefecture updated its highest record for three consecutive days, reaching 221 on July 29. On July 30, 190 people reached the second peak in history. In the past two days, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Tochigi, Hyogo, Okinawa and other places have set the highest infection records since the epidemic. Iwate prefecture, the only country in Japan that has not yet been infected, also reported two cases of infection on July 29. At the same time, there have been multiple mass infections at US military bases in Japan. The number of known infections has reached 205. In particular, the US military is not subject to entry inspections by the Japanese government when entering Japan on US warships or military aircraft. US military personnel who previously arrived in Japan on civilian flights also failed to comply. Japan’s quarantine requirements. On July 29, the governments of the United States and Japan had just signed a document in which the U.S. military pledged to implement monitoring and quarantine measures when entering Japan.
Prior to this, the Japanese government put forward a policy of paying equal attention to the prevention of the epidemic and economic development in order to maintain economic development, and began to introduce a domestic tourism and financial subsidy mechanism on July 22. However, medical experts, the public and the opposition parties demand that the government increase its anti-epidemic efforts. Shigeru Oami, an expert from the Japanese government's epidemic response subcommittee, said that he would advise the government to suspend the movement of people across counties as needed. (Economic Daily reporter Su Haihe)