Japan set to enter official state of emergency as covid cases skyrocket

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Covid cases in japan continue to increase day by day

 

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In the coming weeks, Japan may be entering an official state of emergency as the country struggles to contain the many new cases of Covid-19.

In a similar vein to the issue that the United Kingdom has recently begun to face, Japan has been hit with a wave of new, less easily contained cases of Covid-19 that seem to be a part of a new, more infectious strain of the already-virulent virus. 

The most prominent area of spread for the virus in Japan, as of now, is the Tokyo metropolitan area. Should the country enter a state of emergency, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga clarified that the Tokyo area would be the first to receive this distinction.

On Sunday, January 3, the country recorded more than 3,000 new cases of covid-19, and over 50 deaths, bringing the national total up to over 240,000 cases and an upwards of 3,600 deaths.