Tokyo reports 95 new coronavirus cases on Monday
NHK -- Aug 25
Officials in Tokyo reported 95 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. It's the first time the figure has dropped below 100 since July 8.

Metropolitan Government officials say about 60 percent of new cases are in their 20s and 30s.

The total number of patients in the capital has exceeded 19,400.

The panel of experts advising the health ministry says they believe the outbreak has peaked across the country.

Japanese Health Minister Kato Katsunobu said, "Looking at the number of new infections, weekly figures have been declining slightly over the past two weeks."

Health ministry officials say the fatality rate has also declined, from 6 percent up to May to 4.7 percent since June. But they maintain the rate remains almost unchanged among elderly patients.

The government's panel of experts is advising against holding large-scale events with an attendance above 5,000 until the end of September.

National Institute of Infectious Diseases Director-General Wakita Takaji said, "The proportion of untraceable cases remains high, and we still don't know the impact of travel over the summer holidays. The risk of the virus spreading further is still there, so we need to remain vigilant."

東京都で24日に確認された新型コロナウイルスの感染者は95人でした。100人を下回るのは先月8日以来、47日ぶりです。  新型コロナウイルスと暑さにより、様々な制限を受けているのは東京都も例外ではありません。東京都の新型コロナウイルスの新たな感染者数。今月24日の新たな感染者数は95人と、47日ぶりに2桁の感染者数となりました。  そんななか、東京の都立学校や一部の公立の小中学校では夏休みが終わり、授業が再開されました。豊島区にある小学校に届いたのは、タブレット端末504台。豊島区では全児童に貸し出し、通常授業のほか、オンライン授業で使用するということです。  茨城の小学校では、こんな無料配布が・・・。茨城県のつくばみらい市では、市内の小中学校に自動販売機を設置。一日に1人1本無料で水がもらえるということです。蛇口からの感染を防ぐのが狙いだといいます。  理化学研究所は、世界一認定されたスーパーコンピューター「富岳」を使ったウイルスの飛沫(ひまつ)感染の予測やその対策の中間報告を行いました。マスクの材質による飛沫の飛び方の違いについて・・・。  理化学研究所チームリーダー・神戸大学、坪倉誠教授:「不織布マスクは空気が通りにくい。ポリエステルに比べると綿は(飛沫が)たくさん出ていく。簡単に言うと、手作りのマスクはフィルターの性能はあまり良くない」  それでも手作りマスクの効果もあるといいます。また、不織布マスクは飛沫がマスクを通り抜けにくいため横から漏れることも分かったということです。それでもマスクには一定の効果があるため、マスクを着用してほしいとのことです。

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