Étiqueté : The Japan Times


[Japon] Stricter COVID-19 measures to be implemented in Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa

Highly infectious strain of coronavirus first identified in the U.K. — N501Y — now accounts for a third of new infections
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday approved stricter measures to stamp out soaring coronavirus cases for Tokyo, Okinawa and Kyoto — effective Monday — as variants pose a fresh threat to a public already frazzled by monthslong restrictions.


[Japon] State of emergency to end on Feb. 28 for 6 prefectures

The government confirmed it will lift the COVID-19 state of emergency early for six prefectures, but the four Tokyo-area prefectures will have to wait until the March 7 deadline.
“We will lift the state of emergency for six prefectures as of Feb. 28,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a government task force meeting on the evening of Feb. 26.


[Japon] Japan starts COVID vaccination drive: five things to know

Tokyo doctor receives first dose; vaccine minister Kono upbeat as Olympics near
TOKYO — Japan began vaccinating health workers against the coronavirus on Wednesday, with a doctor in Tokyo receiving the country’s first Pfizer dose. Kazuhiro Araki, director of the Tokyo Medical Center, received the landmark shot in the morning. The launch sets up a new challenge for a country that expects to achieve a high inoculation rate despite public concern about the safety of the new technology behind the vaccine.


[Japon] Suga aims to turn page with coronavirus emergency extension

Ten prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka will remain under a state of emergency due to COVID-19 through March 7, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to announce Tuesday, in continued efforts to contain the recent surge of infections to a level at which restrictions on economic activities can be lifted.


[Japon] Glitches and design flaws limit value of Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app

Digital contact tracing is becoming increasingly crucial in Japan, where the third wave of COVID-19 infections is overwhelming contact tracers at public health centers and testing their capacity to the limits. Some of these facilities are now marshaling their contact-tracing workforce toward a tiny pool of patients deemed particularly high risk, leaving the vast majority of cases at the mercy of a state-developed tracing app known as the Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA).


[Japon] Access denied: Virus third wave forces hand of Japan’s medical system

In early January, a Tokyo man in his 80s with diabetes tested positive for COVID-19. He soon started to have difficulty breathing. But with hospital beds filling up fast, public health authorities couldn’t immediately place him under medical care. Then he showed moderate signs of recovery, which emboldened officials to decide that he could, after all, remain at home to recuperate — despite the capital’s guidelines saying that those age 70 or older with an underlying condition should in principle be hospitalized.

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