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The second mystery of the Japanese corona… 200 confirmed cases in 1 month → 60,000

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As the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Japan continues to rise, the number of confirmed cases has crossed the 60,000 mark for the first time. In Japan, the number of confirmed cases, which exceeded 20,000 in August, plummeted to 100-200 in October, also called a corona mystery. However, the mysterious number of confirmed cases continues, with the number of confirmed cases increasing from 200 to 60,000 within one month due to the spread of Omicron mutation.

According to the local media NHK on the 25th, the number of daily new confirmed cases of Corona 19 in Japan was 62,612 as of 7 pm on the same day. This is significantly higher than the record of 54,560 people recorded three days ago on the 22nd. Considering that the number of confirmed cases on December 25th was 263, this is a 238-fold increase in just one month.

In recent months, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Japan has fluctuated significantly.

The number of confirmed cases, which increased to 25,038 on August 26 last year, plummeted to 310 on October 26, two months later. While the number of confirmed cases worldwide is rapidly increasing due to the spread of the delta mutation, various interpretations have emerged about the sharp decline in the number of cases in Japan alone. However, the number of confirmed cases, which was 150 on December 19 last year, reached 6070 on the 7th, surpassing the 5,000 level, and on the 12th, 13,044, breaking the 10,000 line. Subsequently, the number increased to 21,880 on the 14th, 32,087 on the 18th, 41,370 on the 19th, and 54,560 on the 22nd, exceeding the 60,000 mark on that day.

The spread of the highly contagious omicron mutation is considered to be the biggest cause of the surge in the number of confirmed cases. In a screening test conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for one week until the 24th, it was found that about 99% of the confirmed cases were suspected of having micron mutations.

The Japanese government decided on the same day to apply additional measures such as prevention of infestation, which is a kind of emergency measure, to 18 prefectures (regional self-governing bodies) including Hokkaido. If 16 metropolitan governments including Tokyo, which were previously applied, are included, the number of areas to which the key measures are applied will increase to 34. This means that about 72% of the 47 metropolitan governments across the country are in an emergency situation.

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