TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo is preparing to raise the alert level for the Coronavirus to the highest of four levels as the number of positive cases in the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday that the Japanese capital is crawling up.
As part of this step, the capital’s government is considering asking some companies to shorten their working hours again, the newspaper said, citing multiple unnamed sources.. Nikki said the announcement will be made on Thursday.
Tokyo lowered its alert level to the second-highest rank in September. 10 After the daily number of infections decreased from the height of the summer to more than 400 cases. But since the beginning of this month, daily injuries have trended upwards, reaching a three-month high of 393 last week..
The highest level of alert indicates « infection is spreading », versus « infection appears to be spreading ».
However, Japan is still far from the critical number of infections and deaths seen in many western countries, with about 121,000 positive cases reported and 1920 deaths reported so far..
Tests are also much lower, reaching a few thousand a day in Tokyo, a city of 14 million.
The Nikkei said that the capital will maintain the level of medical preparedness at the second highest level, indicating the need to boost capacity but conditions were not tight yet. According to the city’s website, 1,281 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to 2,640 beds..
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