COVID-19 in Japan, June

Japan // 27 June, 2020

At least 18,297 cases and 971 deaths, excluding cruise-related cases.

State of Emergency and restriction lifted nationwide, 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).

27 June: Cases have been increasing nationwide, with over 100 new daily cases reported for the first time since mid-May. Over half of the new cases are in Tokyo, which has also seen rising cases since all restrictions were lifted in late May. Clusters linked to nightclubs have been reported. Two teachers in Koto Ward have tested positive to COVID-19, causing the school to close next week and conduct mass testing of all students and staff. Travel from Japan to Vietnam resumed on 25 June. A total of 18,297 cases and 971 deaths have been reported.

23 June: A contact tracing app, COVID-19 COntact COnfirming Application (CoCoA) was launched (in Japanese) on 19 June and has been downloaded by several million users within the first couple of days.

Cases have been slightly increasing in Tokyo following the complete lifting of restrictions last week. For five consecutive days there have been over 20 new cases each day. A total of 17,916 cases, including 953 deaths and 16,133 recoveries. This includes 17,622 cases confirmed in Japan as well as 15 cases among repatriated people from Wuhan and 279 positive cases identified at the airport.

19 June: A small spike of cases has been noted this week, with two consecutive days of more than 70 cases, above the average of 46 daily cases throughout June. A total of 17,668 cases have been confirmed, including 935 fatalities and 15,930 recoveries. All domestic travel restrictions and Tokyo business restrictions have been lifted as of today. People are advised to plan their holidays in a staggered manner in order to reduce congestion and control the spread of COVID-19.

12 June: The situation remains stable and contained with less than 50 new daily cases during the last week; mostly centered on Tokyo. Approximately half of these cases are unlinked to known clusters. The metropolitan government in Tokyo has reportedly lifted a warning of a possible increase in cases and moved to response phase three with restrictions further easing for businesses. Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen from 19 June.

A total of 17,292 cases have been confirmed, including 920 deaths and 15,383 recoveries. More providers are offering PCR tests on demand.

Media is reporting that business-related travel between Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam may soon be allowed, with details being finalised. Chubu airport will resume international flights to some destinations after a two-month suspension.

8 June: New infections continue at a low rate, with less than 55 daily cases in the last week. A total of 17,174 infections have been confirmed. This includes 916 deaths and 15,148 recoveries.

2 June: A saliva based COVID-19 test has been approved, to help boost the number of samples collected which will be PCR tested for SAR-CoV-2. This will also minimise the increased exposure for health workers when patients sneeze during a nasal swab. Saliva tests will be used for people who are within the first nine days of experiencing symptoms.

1 June: An additional 301 cases and 45 deaths have been confirmed in the last week; a total of 16,851 cases and 891 deaths have been reported. At least 14,459 people have recovered. Cases in Tokyo fell to single digits on 31 May and the city will begin reopening the economy from today, moving to the second stage. Certain businesses will be allowed to operate with precautions in place. The Costa Atlantica cruise ship has finally left Nagasaki Port after all crew members tested negative. The ship has been in Japan without passengers since mid-April, and almost 25% of the 620-plus staff were found to be infected.

See the May updates here.

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