In the press review of this Thursday, January 7, we will discuss: A second consecutive record recorded in Tokyo, an anxiety of the population in the face of a possible state of emergency, and record snowfall that claimed the lives of four people .
Tokyo reports 2,447 new cases of coronavirus, second consecutive daily record
Tokyo records a new record of coronavirus infections this Thursday, January 7. In fact, 2,447 cases were recorded on that day alone, the metropolitan government said. The daily tally beat the previous one which stood at 1,591 infected yesterday. The Japanese capital remains trapped in a third wave, after earlier outbreaks in April and August 2020. Tokyo noted that nearly 2,000 citizens were believed to have been infected in December, the highest number of infections since the start of the pandemic in beginning of 2020, with an average of 621 new cases. New records keep appearing, and the daily average of contamination is 328 per day, according to the government. The latter reports more than 67,000 cases in total, and the number of deaths is steadily rising. In addition, nearly 2,977 patients are hospitalized in Tokyo, and 113 people are in critical condition.
Anxiety rises with another state of emergency in the Tokyo area
The Japanese today expressed concern about how their lives and businesses will be affected by the imposition of yet another state of emergency in Tokyo and neighboring areas following a record number of coronavirus case. At the same time, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s decision to declare a state of emergency until February 7 sparked skepticism from some residents, who questioned the effect it would have on reducing infections. “I always want the government to show us what exactly we can do to prevent infections”said Iyonaga, who works from home four days a week due to the spread of the virus. The declaration of emergency comes a day after the daily number of new infections in Japan surpassed 7,000 cases for the first time, raising concerns about the strain on the medical system.
4 dead in snow clearing accidents in northeastern Japan
Four people have died in separate accidents during snow clearing work in Akita County in northeast Japan within two days, local police said. Hiroyuki Nakayama, 47, and his mother Hideko, 74, were buried alive as they cleared snow from a barn near their home in Yuzawa around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to law enforcement, a man who reported the accident told them: “I heard the snow fall and went out to check, but the two were out of sight”. Kenzo Takahashi, 86, was found in deep snow near his home in town around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. He also worked to clear snow from a barn near his home. Later that day, Sachi Kato, 81, and Kazuko Sasaki, 72, were also found buried in snow near their respective homes in the towns of Yuzawa and Daisen. In order to prevent houses from collapsing, many residents, including the elderly, must clear the snow that has accumulated on their roofs. Akita Governor Norihisa Satake on Tuesday called on the Ground Self-Defense Force to send a disaster relief mission to Yokote, near Yuzawa, to deal with record snowfall.