TOKYO (AP) – Coronavirus infections in Japan have reached 100,000, nine months after the first case was discovered in mid-January, the Health Ministry said on Friday.
The country confirmed 808 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 100,334 people, including 712 people aboard a cruise ship that docked in a Japanese port earlier this year.
About a third of the cases come from Tokyo, where 221 cases were confirmed on Thursday, bringing the province’s total to 30,677, of which 453 were fatal. Nationwide, Japan had more than 1,700 deaths.
Experts say Japan has so far managed to avoid “booming” infections like those in Europe and the US without the need for door locks, most likely thanks to the widespread use of masks and disinfectants, as well as other common precautions including away from society.
Japan had a nationwide emergency in April and May, and experienced a less severe second wave in August, but since then there has been a slight increase in the number of new cases in the provinces. north, causing concern about an increase in winter.
Experts have recommended more caution in dining parties and workplaces. According to data from the Ministry of Health, nearly half of all new patients are in their 20s and 30s.
Japan’s northernmost district of Hokkaido this week raised the alarm level after the discovery of major clusters in urban entertainment districts.
Experts on Thursday also recommended caution in Tokyo, where daily quantities fluctuate between 100 and 200.
Among other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
– Customs officers in the city of Hong Kong, southern China seized 100,000 fake masks and arrested one person. The masks will be shipped overseas and have a market value of nearly $ 400,000, the government’s Information Services division said. The masks were seized at a warehouse in Hong Kong on Wednesday after employees received the notice, resulting in a further raid on a trading company where one person was, the ministry said. 71-year-old manager was arrested. “Initial investigation shows that unscrupulous dealers intend to move their batches of masks abroad to sell for profit. Customs are examining the source of the masks in connection with the case. The samples have also been sent to the lab for safety testing, ”the ministry said in a statement. Customs officers launched a city-wide operation in late January that involved on-site inspections of common protective items such as masks, resulting in 80 arrests and seizures of nearly 6 million. masks, along with other items, said set. Mainland China is a major source of personal protective equipment such as masks and bodywear, some of which have been found to be counterfeit or of poor quality.
India reported 48,648 new coronavirus infections, continuing its one-month-slow trend of infection even as the country added 8 million more cases. The Ministry of Health also reported 563 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 121,090. Even as cases are declining across the country, New Delhi is facing what could be a third wave of infections. The capital is India’s most affected city and is one of the few regions of the country to see new infections, with more than 5,000 cases per day in the past three days. This increase comes while seasonal pollution levels are skyrocketing in the capital, aggravating respiratory diseases.
– The Sri Lankan authorities have asked government employees to continue working from home in major towns as coronavirus infection continues to increase. The presidential office said government offices in Western province, where the recent outbreaks were concentrated, have also been asked to switch to remote work. Sri Lanka has lifted measures of working from home as community infection subsides. But clusters that emerged from a garment factory earlier this month and then from the country’s main wholesale fish market led to an increase in infections and subsequent restrictions. Authorities also announced Friday that they have closed a resort town known as “little England” on the country’s central hills for tourists. Nuwara Eliya, about 170 km (105 miles) east of Colombo, lies in a developed tea mountain area and is a popular tourist destination. MBR Pushpa Kumara, the highest-ranking government official in Nuwara Eliya, said the virus is spreading rapidly in the area and all tourist attractions including botanical gardens, national parks and waterfalls have been closed. . To date, 9,791 COVID-19 patients have been reported in the island nation, including 19 deaths.