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TOKYO – The Japanese metropolitan area of Osaka should declare a medical emergency as new Covid-19 infections rise to their all-time highs (April 7).

Japan's Osaka Record
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New infections are probably over 800 a day and prefecture authorities prepare to report emergencies, given the growing stress on the healthcare system, Kyodo reported, citing officials.An Osaka Prefecture spokesman could not confirm that Reuters contacted infection and stated that there was still consideration of an emergency statement.
Health authorities fear that the coronavirus variants cause an infection in the fourth wave only 107 days until the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics and the early stage of a dynamic vaccination.

On Tuesday (April 6), on the first day of the pandemic in Osaka, the government reported 719 new cases.

According to official data, approximately 70% of hospital beds are now occupied for severe cases.In a bid to clean up the increasingly virulent strain of the virus, Osaka and neighboring Hyogo and Miyagi launched targeted lock down measures for a month from Monday.

The infections of Osaka have in recent days been higher than in Tokyo, a far larger city.

On Sunday the emergency measures used in the Osaka region may be extended to Tokyo and elsewhere if required, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.Japan is far behind the most important economies’ drive of vaccination.

Since February, approximately 1 million inhabitants of Japan had at least one vaccine shot with Covid-19, less than one percent of the population, compared to nearly two percent in South Korea, which began a post-Japan campaign.

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Source: Reuters

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