Tokyo, Jul 21 (EFE).- Tokyo registered Thursday a daily record of Covid-19 cases by reporting more than 30,000 positives of the highly contagious omicron BA.5 subvariant.
New cases reached 31,878, as announced by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who also asked people to take the necessary preventive measures, especially before the start of the school holidays.
“The number is very high and this implies that the virus is close to each one, both at the level of close contacts and positives, so we will maintain support and the consultation telephone number,” Koike said at a press conference.
At the national level, the number of cases reached 152,536 on Wednesday night, another record for the country. Thursday’s numbers will be known in the next few hours.
“The level of infections throughout Japan has also reached a record, so we are concerned about the availability of hospital beds and are watching the situation with the utmost attention,” Japanese government Spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told media Thursday.
Faced with this new wave, the seventh in the country, the government expanded Friday the group of people who can receive a fourth vaccine, now including all medical personnel and geriatric centers, who join people over 60 and all adults with immunodeficiencies.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said he intends to ensure younger people can also receive the fourth dose.
Japan, which exceeded 10 million registered infections a week ago, has kept its borders closed to tourism since 2020, although it has recently allowed the entry of small groups of travelers from certain countries on organized trips and under a strict control regime. EFE