The daily count of new coronavirus cases in Japan has doubled in the past week, from about 40 in the final days of March to 97 on Thursday and 89 on Friday, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
It marked the first time that daily confirmed cases exceeded 100 in the Tokyo area, bringing the number of confirmed cases there to 891, NHK public broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing metropolitan government officials.
It is feared that if the current trend continues, Tokyo will head for a very situation.
According to Kentaro Iwata, whoo is an infection control specialist at Kobe University, Japan isn’t doing enough to halt the spread of the virus.
“Japan needs to have the courage to change, when we are aware we are on the wrong path,” Iwata said. “We might see the next New York City in Tokyo.”
Separately, a man in his 70s died on Saturday from the coronavirus in the central Japanese city of Kani, Gifu Prefecture.
So far, Japan has not seen the pandemic affecting its cities on a scale seen in other parts of the world, espcially in Europe and Ameica.
As an anti-Coronavirus measure, Japanese Government is planning to triple he stock of Fujifilm Holding Corp’s Avigan anti-flu drug by the end of next March. Avigan is being tested in China as a treatment for COVID-19.
However, experts accuse Japan of not doing enough to prevent the spread of the virus.
As of Friday, Tokyo had tested fewer than 4,000 people in a city of 13.5 million. And just 39,466 people had been tested in this nation of 125 million, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday promised an unprecedented package of steps to cushion the world’s third-biggest economy from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that Japan may need to prepare for a national emergency.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has also asked the tens of millions of people in the city and surrounding regions to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings until April 12, as the city has become the center of Japan’s coronavirus epidemic.