COVID-19 in Japan, September

Japan // 24 September, 2020

At least 79,768 cases and 1,512 deaths, excluding cruise-related cases.

Domestic and limited international travel has resumed, some restrictions re-enforced in Tokyo.

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

Status: Decreasing activity

24 September: A three-month record low number of 59 cases were confirmed in Tokyo yesterday. In total the country has confirmed 79,768 cases, including 1,512 deaths and almost 72,000 recoveries.

Japan will reopen its borders to longer term visitors from October, for students and people with visas of three-months or longer.

16 September: Cases continue to trend downwards, with the lowest daily case numbers reported since mid-July. A total of 76,448 cases have been confirmed, of which there are 1,461 fatalities and 68,532 recoveries.

11 September: Tokyo has been downgraded from the highest of four alert levels after a decreasing trend in cases in the capital. At the second highest level “vigilance against a resurgence of the virus is needed” and curfews on bars, restaurants and karaoke establishments will be eased and domestic travel to Tokyo will be promoted. An outbreak among sumo wrestlers has been reported at Tamanoi stable, where at least 18 infections have been confirmed. A total of 73,221 cases and 1,406 deaths have been confirmed.

7 September: Declining cases continue, a total of 71,856 cases have been confirmed. Of these 1,363 people have died and over 62,500 people have recovered. Tokyo accounts for 21,849 cases and 372 deaths. The International Olympics Committee President has said that the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in July 2021, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 September: Urban centres continue to be hotspots for transmission, particularly Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Aichi (Nagoya) and Okinawa. The outbreak in the capital Tokyo increased in August; with 8,126 new cases compared to 6,466 in July. A total of 67,865 cases, including 1,279 fatalities and over 56,800 recoveries have been reported. The border between Taiwan and Japan is set to be reopened for expatriates and long-term residents from 8 September.

See the August updates for Japan here.

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