In Japan, the total of 20,000,343 COVID-19 infections after new infections more than doubled in less than two months since it was recorded on July 14, statistics showed Saturday.
The country registered 99,491 new Covidcases on Friday. A total of 211 people were reported dead, bringing the total number of deaths to 42,363, according to data from the country’s public broadcaster NHK.
COVID-19 in Japan
The rapid increase in the death toll has made cremation of the dead in some parts of Japan difficult, local media reported.
‘World First Aid Day is recognized worldwide to promote the importance of first aid and create global awareness of how it can save precious lives.’
In Japan, the number of new infections in the latest week was 69% higher than the previous week, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a report earlier this week.
Most of the country’s new coronavirus deaths in July and August were in people over the age of 70.
Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported that people aged 70 and over accounted for about 91% of virus deaths between June 29 and August 30, citing data from the ministry.
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the average life expectancy of Japanese men and women has been shortened by 0.1 years and 0.07 years in 2021 due to the pandemic.
This is the first time in 10 years that the average life expectancy of Japanese people has been shortened since the March 11, 2011 earthquake.
According to the World Health Organization, in the week from August 29 to September 4, the number of new cases in Japan surpassed 1,160,000 cases, the highest number in the world for the seventh consecutive week.
During the same period, Japan’s coronavirus death toll reached 2,059, ranking second in the world after the US.