According to a report by Japan’s Asahi TV station on the 20th, as of the 19th, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in Japan reached 4,687, surpassing the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in mainland China
The report pointed out that the daily death toll in the first and second waves of Japan fluctuated between 20 and 30.
However, since around December last year, the number of deaths in a single day gradually increased, and by the 19th of this month, it exceeded 100 per day for the first time.
According to the statistics of All Japan News Network (ANN), as of the 19th, the cumulative death toll in Japan has reached 4,687, about 50 more than the cumulative death toll in mainland China.
According to the report, in East Asia, Japan has the third largest number of deaths from COVID-19 after Indonesia and the Philippines.
Earlier, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 soared during the New Year’s holiday, the Japanese government once again declared a state of emergency in some areas.
Japanese Prime Minister Suga announced at a press conference on the evening of January 7 that the “one capital and three prefectures” in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures will be in a state of emergency from January 8 and tentatively until February 7.
With the further spread of the epidemic, Suga announced on the evening of the 13th that the implementation of the COVID-19 emergency would be extended to seven places including Osaka Prefecture and Aichi Prefecture from the 14th.
In addition, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said on the 18th that the mutant coronavirus found in the UK may be spreading in Japanese communities.
Japan also detected a new strain on the 10th of this month that is not exactly the same as the mutant novel coronavirus found in the United Kingdom and South Africa.