China News Service, November 3 According to the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), Japan added 489 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the 2nd, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases increased to 102,548; there were 12 new deaths, and the cumulative number of deaths was 1,788. At present, the pandemic situation in Hokkaido has rebounded significantly, and there are signs of a third wave of pandemic in the area.
According to reports, Hokkaido had the largest number of new confirmed cases that day, reaching 96, which also set a new high for the local increase in confirmed cases since the outbreak. In Tokyo, which has seen an increase of 100 cases for two consecutive weeks, the number of new confirmed cases has dropped to 87.
According to reports, among the confirmed cases in Hokkaido, Sapporo, the capital, has the largest number, with 83 people. In addition, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force base in Chitose City, the Sapporo Medical University Hospital, and a high school in Tomakomai all had mass infections.
Regarding the current situation of the pandemic, Takashi Hiroshima, an official of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Hokkaido, said, “The current (new cases) has not reached the peak, and I feel a strong sense of crisis about this.”
According to reports, the current pandemic in Hokkaido is showing a tendency to spread among middle-aged and elderly people. In response, Ryo Yamaguchi, head of infectious diseases at the Sapporo City Health Center, said, “If the pandemic spreads among the middle-aged and elderly people at this rate, the number of severely ill patients and the dead will continue to increase.” He called on citizens and businesses to “really cheer up again. And earnestly carry out basic pandemic prevention countermeasures”.
According to a report by Japan’s “Asahi Shimbun”, Yamaguchi said that “Although the current situation is very difficult, further observation is needed” in response to whether the third wave of pandemic has occurred in Hokkaido. In addition, with regard to the number of beds, Yamaguchi said, “There is no shortage of beds yet.”