People wearing protective masks make their way at a shopping district in Tokyo this month. | REUTERS
People wearing protective masks make their way at a shopping district in Tokyo this month. | REUTERS

COVID-19 in Japan news round-up

  • The central government is leaning toward at least partially lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency covering 19 prefectures, including Tokyo, at the end of the month as scheduled.
  • With a rise in COVID-19 cases having led to the deaths of patients who were isolating at home without medical support due to a lack of hospital capacity, some doctors are calling more aggressively for a downgrading of the disease’s classification in Japan.
  • As Japan’s hospitals filled up, COVID-19 care for patients isolating at home surged — but treatment options have been limited. An in-depth look at how this has unfolded.
  • The pandemic was expected to trigger a major shift toward working remotely in corporate Japan. But 20 months since the nation reported its first COVID-19 patient, the concept appears to be losing steam — at least for now.


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