Japan and corona virus

Japan and corona virus Japan’s state of emergency is set to end with new cases of the coronavirus…

Japan and corona virus

Japan’s state of emergency is set to end with new cases of the coronavirus which were in very few in number before. No restrictions were placed on residents’ movements, and businesses from restaurants to hairdressers stayed open. No high-tech apps that tracked people’s movements were deployed. The country doesn’t have a center for disease control. And even as nations were exhorted to test, Japan has tested just 0.2% of its population one of the lowest rates among developed countries.

The deaths are below 1,000, by far the least among the Group of Seven developed nations. In Tokyo, the cases are to single digits on most days. There is a possibility of a more severe second wave of infection. Japan has entered and is set to leave its emergency in just weeks, with the status lifted already for most of the country with Tokyo and the remaining four other regions set to exit the lockdown.

Japan does not have the lowest death rate for Covid-19 – in the region, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam can all boast lower mortality.

What happened after April?

In the early part of 2020, Japan saw fewer deaths than average. This is despite the fact that in April, Tokyo saw about 1,000 excess deaths perhaps due to COVID. Yet, for the year as a whole, it is possible that overall deaths will be down on 2019.

This is particularly striking because Japan has many of the conditions that make it vulnerable to Covid-19, but it never adopted the energetic approach to tackling the virus that some of its neighbours did.

For more updates, japan.go.jp




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