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Japan plans targeted COVID-19 curbs as new cases fall but deaths hit record

TOKYO: A Japanese well being panel authorized on Friday (Feb 18) a plan to herald extra targeted COVID-19 curbs throughout a lot of the nation, as general new infections decline but fatalities rise to a record degree.

The authorities will let an infection restrictions on mobility and commerce lapse on Sunday in 5 prefectures the place the virus seems to have peaked out. However, curbs can be prolonged till MarĀ 6 in one other 17 areas the place an infection ranges are nonetheless comparatively excessive.

“The priority going forward is to try to hold down serious cases and deaths among the elderly,” Shigeru Omi, Japan’s prime well being adviser, advised reporters after the panel’s assembly.

The plan is predicted to be formally authorized afterward Friday.

Newly recorded fatalities rose to a record 271 on Thursday, in keeping with a tally by nationwide broadcaster NHK, the third straight day over 200. There have been 2,446 deaths to this point in February, already the second-deadliest month within the two-year pandemic.

A panel of well being specialists mentioned this week {that a} surge of cases brought on by the infectious Omicron variant seems to have peaked, but hospitalisations and deaths would probably proceed, significantly among the many aged.

Kyoto University professor Hiroshi Nishiura estimated that the Omicron wave would declare 4,339 lives between January and AprĀ 20, with greater than 70 per cent of the victims of their 80s or older. That quantity might be decreased relying on the development of booster pictures, acccording to Nishiura.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has pledged to speed up Japan’s booster shot programme, which has to this point reached simply 12 per cent of the inhabitants.

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