In the press review of this Thursday, December 31, we will discuss: a new record of positive cases of Covid-19, significant snowfall at the seaside and a helicopter crash.
Tokyo reports more than 1,300 daily cases of Covid-19.
The capital has just reached 1,337 daily cases for the first time, the government announced this morning. This new record, set for the end of the year, gives rise to great concern from the government as to the capacity of hospitals. The tally eclipsed the previous record of 949 cases recorded last Saturday, as the Japanese capital continues to see a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections. The number of cases in Tokyo in December has now exceeded 19,200, nearly double the number of people infected in November and reflecting the rapid pace of the city’s population distribution. Health care experts have warned the government that the capital may run out of hospital beds to treat Covid-19 patients if the recent rate of infection continues. The city has been able to secure 3,500 beds for potential patients so far, but this remains below its target of 4,000. The increase in cases comes after several people were infected with new variants of the virus. , detected in Great Britain and South Africa.
Heavy snowfall could disrupt New Years traffic.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency on Thursday warned of possible traffic disruptions during the New Year’s holidays. Heavy snowfall is expected to continue through Saturday, mainly in areas facing the Sea of Japan. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have announced that they have canceled 81 and 28 domestic flights respectively for Friday, January 1, 2021. East Japan Railway has decided to suspend part of its high-speed train service in Yamagata department from 6 p.m. and this for two days. In the Hokuriku region, located in the center of the main island of Honshu, snowfall of about 80 centimeters is expected. High winds are also expected through Friday across a large part of the country, except for the northern and northeastern areas, as well as Okinawa, with possible stormy weather in some areas.
A helicopter crash in central Japan
A helicopter crashed yesterday in a forest in Shizuoka County, central Japan. According to Japanese police, the pilot did not survive the crash. At around 3:30 p.m. yesterday, the police received calls reporting sounds of a plane crash in a wooded area in the town of Shimada. The wreckage was quickly located and the pilot, Kotaro Demura, 46, was rushed to hospital. He died a few hours later. The crash did not start a fire and claim no further casualties, authorities said. The accident was allegedly caused by strong winds that would have been recorded by a meteorological observatory. According to a source close to the investigation, the helicopter took off from a helipad in Tsu, in Mie department, at 3 p.m., and was bound for Yokohama, near Tokyo.