Japan's daily virus infections top 980, record for 2nd day
Kyodo -- Jul 24
Japan reported on Thursday more than 980 new daily coronavirus infections, marking a record for a second straight day in a resurgence since the government lifted a state of emergency about two months ago.

The figure brings the nationwide tally to more than 28,900, including some 700 cases from the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama in February, with the death toll reaching 1,005.

Concerns over the worsening outbreak have grown stronger in Japan as a four-day holiday began Thursday, the day after the government's domestic travel subsidy campaign was launched.

On Wednesday, Japan reported 795 new daily virus infections, exceeding the previous single-day high set in April.

The record increase in daily infections comes as the Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed a record 366 daily cases on Thursday, surpassing the previous high of 293 cases confirmed last Friday and topping the 300 mark for the first time.

In Tokyo, people in their 20s and 30s account for about 60 percent of total infections but Koike said the virus infections are spreading to those in their 40s and 50s while the contagion is also spreading to the Tama district, western Tokyo, from the central area.

Osaka Prefecture in western Japan on Thursday reported a total of 104 new infections, the second-largest figure following 121 cases on Wednesday, while Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura asked local residents to avoid nightlife establishments which have no appropriate measures against the virus.

Hyogo Prefecture, west of Osaka, issued its original virus alert Thursday that the prefecture has entered "the phase of increasing infections" after confirming 35 new cases Thursday, its largest number of daily cases since the state of emergency was lifted for the prefecture.

4連休初日を迎えた23日、新型コロナウイルスの新規感染者数は、全国で900人を超えて過去最多となりました。東京都は過去最多の366人。年代別で見ると、40代以上の人が110人いて、もはや夜の街や若い人だけの問題ではありません。重症者の数も、22日から3人増えて21人となりました。愛知県では97人の感染が確認され、2日連続で過去最多を更新しました。大阪府では104人と2日続けて100人を超え、感染経路がわからない人は全体の75%の78人に上っています。その大阪を中心に関西でも、じわじわと感染が拡大していて、滋賀県で17人、奈良県で13人、和歌山県9人と過去最多になり、兵庫県でも緊急事態宣言が解除されてから最も多い35人の感染が確認されました。 こうしたなか、和歌山県白浜町では海開きを迎えました。今年は感染症予防のために、更衣室は設置されず、うきわなどのレンタルは中止となりました。ライフセーバーもマスクやフェイスシールドを着けるなど対策しています。  ライフセーバー:「救助機材やレスキューチューブ、備品類は各自のもの。使い回しをしないよう工夫している」「(Q.人工呼吸はどうする?)今年はコロナ対策で胸骨圧迫のみ。人工呼吸は行わない」 去年10月に襲った台風19号で、橋脚が崩れるなど大きな被害が出た神奈川県の箱根登山鉄道は、9カ月ぶりに全線で運転を再開しました。換気のため窓を開けるなど、感染対策にも気を配っています。  地元の住民:「また前のような箱根に戻ってもらって、コロナのことはあるが、安心してお客さんに来て頂けるように」 豪雨で被害を受けた熊本県では、まだ多くの人が日常を取り戻せていません。新型コロナウイルスの影響で、今もボランティアは県内の人に限られています。それでも、八代市では、定員の200人を超える人が駆け付けました。  南阿蘇村の高校生:「僕たちも熊本地震を経験しているのですが、その時にボランティアの方が来て下さって。初めてですけど、自分たちに何かできることがあればと」 23日からの4連休をどう過ごすのか。リサーチ会社が全国の1100人を対象に外出予定を調べたところ、59%の人が「出かけるつもりはない」と答えています。
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