June 2: COVID-19 round-up
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government re-sounded the alarm for the capital after 34 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the city Tuesday, a day after it eased business closure requests for sports gyms and department stores.
- Many people in Osaka celebrated on Monday night the full lifting of the state of emergency as bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the city’s major entertainment districts largely reopened, some with a new and unique prefectural-run QR code system to track infections.
- Japan approved Tuesday a PCR coronavirus test using saliva, which is much safer and easier compared with the currently dominant method, which collects mucus from the back part of the nose.
- Elderly care facilities in Japan are struggling to prevent mass infections of the novel coronavirus among residents and others, with a nursing home in Hokkaido seeing around 70 percent of residents getting the virus.
- With many smokers reconsidering a habit that seems more dangerous than ever as the coronavirus pandemic rages, an app promoted by a city in western Japan last year may be the way forward for those ready to quit.