In the press review of this Monday, February 22, we will discuss: The daily decreasing infections of the coronavirus in Tokyo, Boeing-777s grounded after an incident in North America and the Kesennuma Bay bridge unveiled to the public.
Daily coronavirus infections in Tokyo on the decline
Japan recorded 178 new cases of the coronavirus on February 22, the Tokyo metropolitan government said. This is the first time since November 24 (188 new infections) that the daily number of cases in the city has fallen below 200. The new cases came after Tokyo recorded 272 new infections on February 21. In the first week of February, the Japanese capital recorded an average of 572 new cases per day. The figure fell to 380 in the second week, and fell back to 341.6 in the third. The number of new cases in Tokyo generally decreases on Monday, due to the low number of tests carried out over the weekend, particularly on Sunday.
Boeing 777s grounded after incident in the United States
The Japanese Ministry of Transportation on Sunday ordered the Boeing 777s to be grounded. The decision was taken following an engine failure that rained debris on a Denver suburb. Japanese airlines ANA (All Nippon Airways) and JAL (Japan Airlines) respectively use 19 and 13 planes with engines similar to the one that failed. Steve Dickson said a preliminary review of safety data revealed the need for additional fan blade checks for the affected reactor type. ” Based on the initial information, we concluded that the interval between inspections should be shortened for the hollow fan blades, which only exist on this type of engine, used only on Boeing 777s.“Said the FAA official.
The Kesennuma Bay Bridge in preview
The Kesennuma Bay Bridge was unveiled to the public on Sunday for a taste ahead of its official opening next month. This event enabled pedestrians to cross part of the new symbolic 1,344-meter-long bridge connecting the north and south sides of the bay at Kesennuma, Miyagi County. The town of Kesennuma hosted the “Highway Walking” event instead of a larger-scale ceremony due to the pandemic. The bridge was designed for automobile traffic, so pedestrians will not be able to cross it after the official opening. About 600 attendees joined in the event, applauding and walking a mile round trip.