COVID-19 in Japan, July

Japan // 31 July, 2020

At least 33,625 cases and 996 deaths, excluding cruise-related cases. Increasing activity.

State of Emergency and restriction lifted nationwide in May, domestic travel allowed. Remdesivir approved for treating severe COVID-19 cases, saliva based test approved.

See the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare COVID-19 news (in English) and Latest News (in Japanese).

31 July: The country continues to report increasing cases, particularly in Tokyo and other urban areas. There have been 33,625 cases confirmed. The Tokyo Governor is asking night life businesses to close by 10pm throughout August.

Iwate prefecture in the country’s north-east reported the first two cases on 30 July. Every prefecture has now reported cases.

27 July: Cases continue to surge, particularly in Tokyo. Over 5,000 cases have been confirmed in the capital in just July. The national total is nearing 30,000 cases, with 996 deaths. A survey on mental health during the pandemic is planned for August. Over 10,000 people nationwide will be involved in the online survey.

24 July: Cases continue to trends upwards. In the last 24 hours over 900 new cases were confirmed, setting a new record. Over 360 of the latest cases were in Tokyo. The total number of infections has reached over 28,000 cases and 991 deaths. The Tokyo Olympics were due to start on 23 July, but have been delayed for a year by the pandemic.

19 July: Increasing cases continue to be reported, with more than 650 daily cases confirmed for two consecutive days. These are the highest daily case numbers since the first peak in mid-April. Tokyo remains the most affected prefecture, with over 9,400 cases reported. Osaka prefecture is the next most affected, with 89 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, for a total of over 2,400 cases.

15 July: Tokyo raised their pandemic alert to "red," the highest on their four-tier system, today. The governor advised residents to avoid nonessential travel outside Tokyo.

14 July: With an ongoing upward trend of cases since late June, particularly linked to nightlife venues in Tokyo, the country has moved into the ‘increasing activity’ category. There have now been 22,220 cases confirmed, including 982 deaths and 18,282 recoveries. Further cases have been detected in additional US military bases on Okinawa, reported to be linked to fourth of July celebrations.

12 July: Several U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with COVID-19. The exact numbers have not been released. U.S. troops are reported to be taking additional protective measures to limit the spread including restricting off-base activities.

10 July: Tokyo reported 243 new cases – a record high – with two consecutive days of over 200 new cases. Of the total 20,719 cases, over 17,600 people have now recovered and 982 people have died.

The restriction on sporting events has increased to 5,000 attendees. Trials of the antiviral medication Avigan (ingredient favipiravir) among only 89 patients at Fujita Health University have not shown conclusive results.

6 July: Cases continue to increase, with ongoing local transmission in Tokyo. There have been over 100 new daily cases in the capital for five consecutive days. Of the 19,775 confirmed cases, 977 people have died and 17,124 people have recovered.

Shelters have been opened up to house evacuees affected by flooding in southwestern Japan, with officials focusing on social distance and sanitation to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spread.

2 July: Tokyo has been experiencing a resurgence of cases with 107 new cases reported today - the largest daily increase in over two months. Many of these are asymptomatic 20-40-year-olds and a possible result of increased testing in the capital. Many are linked back to nightlife areas. The country has confirmed 18,874 cases, including 974 deaths and 16,772 recoveries.

Japan is included in a list of 14 nations permitted to travel to the European Union.

See the June updates for Japan here.


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