The number of Covid-19 infections in Japan is up to 1,000

Most of the cases of Covid-19 in Japan became infected on the Diamond Princess yacht. Photo: AFP.
Most of the cases of Covid-19 in Japan became infected on the Diamond Princess yacht. Photo: AFP.

The number of infections in Japan has increased to 1,000. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government continues to seek to curb the Coronavirus epidemic and reduce its impact on the national economy.

Out of 1,000 new infections of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) virus in Japan, more than 700 cases were passengers and crew on Diamond Princess. The ship was quarantined at the Port of Yokohama in early February, an outbreak of infection due to a Hong Kong tourist positive for the virus.

The number of deaths in Japan from the virus infection is 12, of which 6 cases have been linked to the said yacht, according to Kyodo.

A new case was reported in Yamaguchi Prefecture on March 4. Hokkaido, meanwhile, has the highest number of confirmed cases nationwide.

Last week, the governor of Hokkaido declared a state of emergency. The province has detected up to 79 people positive for the virus. The Tokyo, Kanagawa and Aichi regions all recorded more than 30 cases. Together with Wakayama Prefecture, localities have appeared a chain of infection.

As of March 2, the number of people who need ventilator support or were taken to the intensive care unit was 59 patients. Most infections in Japan have only mild symptoms, according to data from the Japanese Ministry of Health.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sees the next two weeks as a key period to contain the corona virus (Covid-19) in Japan. Last week, Mr. Abe asked to close the entire school. The government also requested that sports and entertainment event organizers in Japan consider canceling or suspending operations.

Japan is one of only four countries to be concerned by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 2 for concern about disease outbreaks outside mainland China. The remaining countries include Korea, Iran and Italy.

Since its inception in Wuhan in China in December 2019, the Covid-19 epidemic has now spread to at least 80 countries and territories, infecting more than 93,000 people and resulting in more than 3,200 deaths. most are recorded in mainland China.