Wed 03 August 2022:
On Wednesday, Japan reported 249,830 new COVID-19 cases, setting a record high amid concerns about the overcrowded healthcare system as a result of the rapidly increasing number.
The previous record was set on Thursday last week during Japan’s seventh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, when 233,000 cases were reported. This was the second day in a row that the nation reported over 200,000 new cases.
Osaka Prefecture had 24,038 new cases, while Tokyo reported 38,940 new cases.
The 24 regions reporting record illnesses on Wednesday included Hyogo Prefecture, which reported 11,201 cases, and Aichi Prefecture, which reported 17,778 new cases.
Meanwhile, the country’s daily death toll amounted to 169.
Japan saw the world’s highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the week to July 24 with more than 969,000 infections, according to the World Health Organization.
To combat the spread of the extremely contagious BA.5 Omicron subvariant, the Japanese government recently announced its determination to permit local governments from the country’s 47 prefectures to issue announcements.
The central government announced that it will send representatives to prefectures to supervise safety precautions and serve as liaisons.
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