Wednesday, 06 October 2021 – 23:59 WIB
A resident stands in the rain in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday (17/8/2021). Japan extends the COVID-19 emergency lockdown in Tokyo and other areas until September 12, 2021. Photo: ANTARA PHOTO/REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/rwa
These conditions leave experts confused and increasingly worried about cases that will spike again during the coming winter.
New daily cases in Japan fell to 87 on Monday (4/10), the lowest number since November 2 last year.
The record was a sharp drop from the more than 5,000 cases per day in the August wave that hit medical infrastructure in the capital.
The pattern is the same throughout Japan.
Starting off slowly, Japan has now made quick progress in its vaccination campaign and nearly six months of emergency distancing measures believed to slow the rate of transmission of the virus.
However, the speed with which the wave of infections and hospitalizations has been caused by the high transmission rate of the Delta variant, which has now receded, has sparked confusion among experts.
Hiroshi Nishiura of Kyoto University is one of the experts who believe the spike in cases in the summer and the subsequent decline in cases is mainly due to trends in human activity.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Japan has plunged to a nearly a year low, while other Asian countries are still struggling with surging infections.