Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
- reviving COVID-19 has many close associates of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. affectedraising concerns about day-to-day operations and the risk of him becoming infected.
- A group of Japanese health experts on Tuesday urged the government to speed up the review of measures against COVID-19including changing ways of collecting infection numbers and allowing general medical facilities to treat patients.
- US President Joe Biden again tests positive for COVID-19 on Saturday in what his doctor described as a “rebound” case after taking antiviral medication, the White House said.
- Japan is considering changing COVID-19 measures, including a possible change in infection number collectionin an effort to reduce the burden on hospitals as they are taxed across the country under a coronavirus resurgence, government sources said Saturday.
- North Korea reported on Saturday that there were no new cases of fever, with the figure reaching zero for the first time since the country confirmed its first case of coronavirus on May 12according to the official Korean central news agency.
- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday the government still has no plans to impose COVID-19 restrictions on people’s movements. despite recent record infections caused by the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant.
- The Japanese government said it will enable local governments to issue statements urging precautions against the spread of the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus, especially by the most vulnerable.
Japan reported 233,100 daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a new record for the second consecutive dayraising concerns about pressures on the medical system as the number of available designated hospital beds continues to decline.
China decided on Thursday to maintain its strict “zero-COVID” policy for the second half of 2022 while leaders pledged to make an effort to get the best possible results for the world’s second-largest economy, state media reported.
- Japan had world’s highest number of new coronavirus cases in the week to July 24 with more than 969,000the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
- US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he will return to work in person after recovering from COVID-19less than a week after the 79-year-old was found to be infected with the virus.
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