Seeing Kovid-19 cases increasing in Japan at this rate, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in nine provinces of the country. This includes Tokyo as well as the venue for the Olympic Games to be held in July.
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In Japan, an average of less than 1,000 cases of corona infection were reported in seven days. Looking at this data for the month of March, experts also believe that Japan has overcome the epidemic for the third time in the last one year. Given the steady decline in the rate of corona infection, Japan prepared to host the Olympics in July. However, things started to change from mid-April. The fourth wave of Corona in Japan knocked. According to Johns Hopkins University, on May 8, the first time since January in Japan, corona infection cases came above 7,000. Currently, the country’s seven-day average is 4,449.
Declaration of emergency in many places
Seeing Kovid-19 cases increasing in Japan at this rate, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in nine provinces of the country. This includes Tokyo as well as the venue for the Olympic Games to be held in July. During the fourth wave in Japan, more than 4000 cases of corona infection are being reported every day, medical system is getting worse in many cities.
The number of patients has seen an explosive increase – Doctors
Hospitals in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city, are all filled with rags. Around 35000 people across the country (twice the number of patients admitted to hospitals) are currently suffering from the disease. Many people become seriously ill before getting treatment and sometimes even die. Osaka doctors told the media that they saw an explosive increase in the number of patients. Yuji Tohda, director of Kindai University Hospital in Osaka, tells the news agency that if we put it simply, it is a collapse of the medical system.
Why has the fourth wave affected Japan so badly?
Japan’s vaccine rate has been very slow. Let us tell you that vaccination started in February, much later in Japan than in other developed countries. At the same time, the government has started a massive vaccination campaign in Tokyo and Osaka from this week. Because of which only 2.4 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
By the start of the Olympic Games, the government aims to fully vaccinate only those over 65 years of age. Currently, officials plan to vaccinate only 5,000 people in Tokyo and 2,500 in Osaka every day. While this capacity will be doubled in June and July. So far, only about 4.7% of Japanese elderly people (over 65 years of age) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Will the Olympics be postponed or canceled, what is the government’s plan?
The Olympic Games have already been postponed for the year due to the Corona epidemic. For this reason, the Tokyo Olympics is being held this year despite severe criticism from all over the world. In Japan, opposition to organizing the Games has also increased in the shadow of the epidemic. In a tweet that went viral, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son had said that more than 80 percent of the people want the Olympics to be postponed or canceled. Then by whom and with what authority is it held?
Medical organization wrote open letter
The medical organization, which represents about 6,000 primary care doctors, has posted an open letter to PM Yoshihida Suga on its website on Monday. In which it was said that we request the authorities to arrange for the cancellation of Tokyo.