Japan considers expanding COVID-19 curbs as surges strain hospitals

Japan proposed on Thursday expanding emergency restrictions to eight more prefectures to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases, a cabinet minister said, as worries grow about strains on the nation’s medical system in Olympics host Tokyo and elsewhere. Coronavirus infections are surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit record highs in Tokyo, overshadowing … Read more

Japan’s Covid-19 infections have entered ‘new phase,’ says health minister

Japan’s government was acting pre-emptively to ensure there are sufficient beds for seriously ill COVID-19 patients, its health minister said on Wednesday, warning infections have entered a “new phase” with a spike in Delta variant cases. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday only Covid-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of … Read more