While in Tokyo, where the Olympics are being held, there is a new record of daily infections, with 3,865 new infections confirmed in the last 24 hours, the coronavirus is taking hold across the country. The cases of the last day in Japan have exceeded the threshold of 10mila, a figure never reached since the beginning of the pandemic. And also in China, albeit with other numbers, the virus, driven by Delta variant, returns to worry the authorities: there are the first two cases of domestic transmission in six months in the capital Beijing, while Nanjing, capital of the Jiangsu, has been isolated.
Japan: “Never seen such a rapid spread”
“We have never seen infections spread so quickly”Said Dr. Shigeru Omi, a prominent government medical advisor. The city of Tokyo is currently in state of emergency, established on the occasion of the Olympic Games and for the fourth time since the start of the pandemic. The emergency measures in the capital will be in effect until August 22 and three other prefectures want to join Tokyo, but according to Omi, the Olympics event and summer holidays all over Japan risk making citizens let their guard down even more. The “lack of a sense of crisis“, In fact, it could lead to infections worsening and putting a“ strain on medical systems ”. The appeals of the Japanese authorities to the citizens to limit their movements to the bare minimum have remained largely unheard, with many people – says Omi – moving freely around the cities.
In addition to respecting the restrictive rules, the Japanese country is also experiencing problems with the vaccination campaign which has reached only a small part of the citizens younger. 24% of people have completed the vaccination cycle, but as many as seven out of ten vaccinated are aged 65 and over. Covid cases among young people have begun to increase very rapidly in recent weeks and on Wednesday 28 July they have formed two-thirds of the new positives. Vaccination of young people is the next goal that the Japanese government intends to achieve: as reported by the Guardian, for the responsible minister Taro Kono, “Convincing 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds to get their doses” has become the most important aspect of the vaccination campaign.
China: cases fall, but the virus spreads across the country
The Chinese authorities have also decided to put themselves on alert to avoid a new wave of Covid in the country. The virus returned to Beijing, with two cases of domestic transmission, the first in six months. China is in the worst emergency for months, despite just 49 cases in the last 24 hours, down from 86 the previous day, with the most critical situation in Nanjing, the now isolated capital of Jiangsu: they have been established checkpoints e all flights suspended. More than 170 people have been diagnosed with the Delta variant in the past 10 days.