The rapid spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Japan, Tokyo, and other metropolitan areas, 1 capital and 3 prefectures (Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa) plan to apply to the central government to implement key measures to prevent the spread.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said earlier that when the occupancy rate of hospital beds exceeds 20%, will consider appealing to the central government to implement key measures to prevent the spread.
‘Key measures to prevent the spread of the virus’ is inferior to the ‘Declaration of an emergency’. The governor designates the implementation area and can appeal or order businesses to shorten their business hours. Violators can be fined less than 200,000 yen. Currently, key measures are being implemented in Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima prefectures.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, Vietnam’s people’s livelihood and economy have suffered severe setbacks, and Vietnam’s epidemic prevention thinking has changed from the previous ‘clearing’ to ‘coexisting with the virus’. Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recently stated that it will stop evaluating the COVID-19 epidemic based on the number of new confirmed cases in a single day, and will instead refer to the number of hospitalizations and deaths.
Tran Si Tuan, a Vietnamese medical expert, said that it is difficult for Vietnam to avoid letting the COVID-19 mutant virus Omicron enter the community. Omicron spreads faster than the Delta mutant virus. If the number of new confirmed cases in a single day is still used to evaluate the epidemic, many provinces and cities will be affected. It is determined to be ‘very high risk’ or ‘high risk’, which will seriously affect production and business activities.
Vietnam has a population of about 98 million, and the total number of confirmed cases crossed the 2 million mark on the 15th, with an average of nearly 16,000 infections per day in the past seven days.
Up to now, more than 90% of Vietnamese people over the age of 18 have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which more than 10% have received booster shots.