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​At the end of January in Japan, concerns about ‘3,000’ confirmed cases become a reality?… 500 people in two and a half months

Concerns are rising that the COVID-19 infection situation in Japan is re-spreading. This is because signs of local infection of the Omicron mutation (B.1.1.529) surfaced on the water surface, and the number of new confirmed cases per day rose to around 500 in two and a half months.

According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK on the 30th, 501 new cases of Corona 19 were confirmed across Japan the day before. It is the first time since October 16 that Japan’s daily new confirmed cases have reached the 500 level.

In particular, since the 5th pandemic subsided in October, the number of new daily cases in Japan has fallen below 100 on several occasions.

On November 1, it recorded 84, and fell below 100 for the first time since June 27, 2020 (92), and then on November 22, it also dropped to 50. In addition, November 15 (78 people), November 24 (77 people), November 28 (73 people), November 29 (81 people), December 6 (59 people), December 13 (77) and others recorded less than 100 new cases per day.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. [사진=유튜브/자민당]


However, on the 28th of last month (Omicron infection was confirmed on November 30th), Omicron started to flow in, starting with their diplomats who entered Japan from Namibia. . In response, the Japanese cabinet, Fumio Kishida, banned all new entry to foreign nationals on the 30th of last month in the name of preventing the inflow of Omicron into the country.

Nevertheless, on the 24th of this month, the number of local infections of Omicron in Japan is steadily increasing, with cases of local infections of unknown origin confirmed in Tokyo, Japan as well. In addition to Tokyo, local infections of Omicron have also been reported in Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa.

For this reason, there are growing concerns in Japan that the 6th Corona 19 pandemic will start in earnest next month.

On the 20th, Akimasa Hirata, a professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan, warned that if the Japanese government maintains the current quarantine situation, the number of new daily infections in Tokyo could rise to 3,000 at the end of January next year and to 3,700 by mid-February. This is the result of analysis using artificial intelligence (AI) based on data such as Omicron’s transmission power and COVID-19 vaccine effect.

If this prediction becomes a reality, the level of the 5th epidemic at the time of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in July and August will be reproduced. At the end of August, the number of daily confirmed cases in Tokyo exceeded 5,000, and the number soared to 25,000 across Japan.


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