To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Japan, ‘key measures such as prevention of spread’ are being implemented. As the epidemic slows down, this measure will be fully lifted on the 21st, and the sixth wave of the epidemic will come to an end.
Due to the rapid expansion of the sixth wave of the epidemic, the number of confirmed deaths increased. On February 22, 272 confirmed deaths in a single day, a new high. Ninety percent of the confirmed deaths were over 70 years old, and many of them suffered from a sore throat and other problems, after they had a sore throat and were not able to take in water and diet, resulting in debilitating health.
This wave has changed from a variant virus strain Delta to Omicron. Since January this year, the number of newly confirmed cases in Japan has reached 4.3 million in just three months, which is 2.5 times the cumulative number of about 1.7 million cases since the outbreak of the epidemic to the end of last year. Although the seriousness rate of Omicron has decreased, the number of confirmed deaths is mainly the elderly, as many as 8,650, which is significantly higher than that of the past several waves of epidemics.
In addition, Anthony Fauci accepted an exclusive interview with the media on the 20th. When talking about the COVID-19 Omicron subtype variant BA.2, he said that although BA.2 has an infectious advantage over BA.1, it is not several times that much, only 50% higher to 60%, but it should still become the mainstream variant in the world in the future.
He predicted that the number of confirmed cases in the United States may rise like European countries, especially the United Kingdom, which also has BA.2 cases and recently loosened epidemic prevention measures such as wearing masks indoors, ‘but hopefully, we won’t see a surge in confirmed cases, I don’t think it will happen’.