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14 Sep 2020 | 05:14 AM UTC

Japan: Over 75,000 COVID-19 cases reported as of September 12 /update 37

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Health authorities report over 75,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 12; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Japan

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Event

Japanese health authorities have confirmed over 75,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as of Sunday, September 13. In the previous 24 hours, 648 new COVID-19 cases were reported as well as 13 fatalities, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 75,646 with 1448 associated deaths.

The majority of non-essential businesses have been permitted to reopen in the country, although restrictions on mass gatherings over 5000 people remain in place. Additionally, the use of face masks in public areas, social distancing measures, and exercising basic precautions have been advised.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures: 

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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