A woman wearing a mask walks along a shopping street in Kobe, Japan, May 8, 2021.
Japan has seen the first deaths in their 20s in both Kyoto and Kobe as the spread of a mutated strain of the Chinese communist virus raises the risk of infection among young people. In addition, the number of new cases in Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Aichi and other places is at a record high.
The Central News Agency reported that 7058 new cases of Chinese communist virus disease (COVID-19, Wuhan pneumonia) were confirmed in Japan on the 12th, with a record high of 1,189 severe cases and 106 new deaths, and more than 100 people died on two consecutive days.
Among them, 529 new cases in Hokkaido, 95 cases in Fukushima Prefecture, 134 cases in Gifu Prefecture, 679 cases in Aichi Prefecture, 219 cases in Hiroshima Prefecture, 635 cases in Fukuoka Prefecture, and 61 cases in Kagoshima Prefecture, all setting a new record for new cases diagnosed in a single day in the region.
Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido, is expected to see an additional 500 cases today (13th), a significant increase from yesterday’s record high of 352 cases.
Hokkaido is undergoing careful discussion to apply to the central government to be included in the area subject to the emergency declaration because of the expansion of the outbreak and the strain on medical resources.
Japan currently has six prefectures implementing emergency declarations, including Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi and Fukuoka.
People wearing masks walk on a recreational street in Kobe, Japan, at 8 p.m. on May 8, 2021.
In addition, Kyoto City and Kobe City each announced the first case of death of a young man in his 20s in their territories yesterday (12).
The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that Kyoto City said a male in his 20s developed a fever and other symptoms on April 29 and was diagnosed on May 2. He was originally diagnosed with a mild illness and died at his home in the early hours of May 6 before he could find a hospital to treat him, although he wanted to be hospitalized. The man had no underlying illnesses such as asthma or high blood pressure.
In Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, a woman in her 20s died on May 2, and a man in his 30s died on April 28, both of whom had underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
The man in his 30s was diagnosed on April 19 and had been suffering from a high fever since then, making him unable to talk to anyone. Both of his parents who lived with him repeatedly requested that he be hospitalized until April 22, but he died on April 28 due to the severity of his symptoms.
Kobe City is urging the public to be vigilant and take precautions against the spread of mutated strains of the virus, which increases the risk of infection and serious illness among young people.