Japan’s epidemic returns to peak with record-breaking 1,635 confirmed cases in a single day

The Japanese government has decided to extend its policy of limiting the number of participants in large-scale events to February next year in order to contain the spread of the epidemic.

NHK reported that as of 6:00 p.m. Japan time, 1,635 new cases have been confirmed nationwide, surpassing the 1,605 confirmed cases on August 7 and setting a new record. In addition to the 393 new cases in Tokyo, 256 new cases were confirmed in Osaka Prefecture, and a record 236 new cases were confirmed in Hokkaido, which is the eighth consecutive day with over 100 confirmed cases.

The Japanese government has decided to maintain its policy of limiting the number of spectators at large events, such as professional sports events, to a maximum of 50% of the maximum capacity of the venue, which is expected to continue until February next year.

Experts, on the other hand, have called on the Japanese government to take precautions before winter, with Toshio Nakagawa, president of the Japan Medical Association, saying that the end of the year and the consecutive holidays during the New Year period are approaching, while factors such as social activities, tourism and even influenza can exacerbate the epidemic.

The number of confirmed cases in Japan has now totaled 114,513 (712 on the Diamond Princess), with 1,882 deaths.