The Japanese authorities have recorded 2,189 Covid-19 infections during the last day, according to data developed by the public network NHK, which anticipates the figures that will be officially disseminated hours later by the Ministry of Health.
The number of serious cases requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, dropped by one from the previous day to 38 on November 19, the Tokyo metropolitan government said.
All but one of the 16 newly infected individuals are previously identified close contacts of a person who earlier tested positive, according to a base press release Friday morning.
In total, Japan has so far confirmed over 121,000 COVID-19 cases, including more than 103,000 recoveries and 1,895 deaths. Tokyo reported a record 534 cases on the same day, with 39 hospitalized patients in a serious condition.More news: Why more people may die if Trump doesn’t cooperate - Biden
Japan is on "maximum alert" after logging a record number of daily coronavirus infections, the prime minister said today, though no immediate restrictions are planned.
In the capital, the unprecedented number of new cases forced the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to raise its virus alert status Thursday to its fourth and highest level.
With new record tallies across Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the Government was looking to tighten guidelines on eating out. The steady climb in cases now could call into question plans to hold the Olympics next summer after they were postponed because of the pandemic.
When the campaign began, in late July, Tokyo was excluded as it was in the midst of a sharp uptick in new infections. If cases surge in the host country, however, it's not clear how that would be addressed.More news: Gordon Hayward reportedly declines player option, becomes free agent
In April, when a state of emergency was declared across seven prefectures including the capital by the central government, the city issued voluntary business closure requests. He also asked people to wear masks when dining, removing them only when they put food in their mouths and immediately put them back on.
A anxious Suga told reporters that he wants people to use masks even during meals.
"As we approach year-end, I urge residents and businesses to take all possible steps so that together we can stop the virus from spreading further", she said. A top government panel expert, Shigeru Omi, warned a parliamentary session on Wednesday that groups of infections are now occurring in a variety of situations, making preventive measures more challenging and requiring the scaling down of economic and social activity.
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