Tokyo (CNN)Each day seems to bring more bad news for Tokyo.
The daily count of new coronavirus cases has doubled in the past week, from about 40 in the final days of March to 97 on Thursday and 89 on Friday, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
If the current trend continues, the outlook is bleak, said Kentaro Iwata, an infection control specialist from Kobe University, who has repeatedly warned that Japan isn’t doing enough to halt the spread of the virus.
“Japan needs to have the courage to change, when we are aware we are on the wrong path,” Iwata said. “We might see the next New York City in Tokyo.”
New York is considered the epicenter of America’s coronavirus outbreak. There, the number of known cases is doubling every five days, according to a CNN count. More than 2,900 people have died.
As of Friday, Japan had 3,329 confirmed cases and 74 deaths.
“The beginning of the burst of the infections in Spain, France, Italy, New York City — was really like Tokyo right now,” said Iwata.
He says there needs to be more testing.
As of Friday, Tokyo had tested fewer than 4,000 people in a city of 13.5 million. And just 39,466 people had been tested in this nation of 125 million, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare.
That’s a tiny fraction compared to countries in the region and around the world. As of Friday, South Korea — which has a much smaller population than Japan — had tested more than 440,000 people.
Coronavirus patient Issei Watanabe spoke to CNN from his Tokyo hospital room. He struggled to breathe in between coughing fits. Doctors consider his a “mild case” and expect he’ll be discharged on Tuesday.
Watanabe is 40, a non-smoker, in good health. His symptoms came on quickly. Body aches, chills, no sense of taste or smell.
When he asked for a coronavirus test, he says he was turned down — and had to endure five days with a fever above 40 degrees Celsius — 104 degrees Fahrenheit — before he was finally allowed to take a test, which came back positive.
Watanabe says he infected at least two people during that time.
“People don’t know what to do. There’s a real lack of good information,” Watanabe said. “Your life is in your hands. Stay home. Please stay home. Don’t go out.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly stated the situation inside Japan does not warrant declaring a state of emergency or imposing a lockdown in Tokyo.
He said such drastic measures would further damage an economy already grappling with the severe economic fallout of the coronavirus and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics.
The number of known cases is doubling every five days in New York. More than 2,900 people have already died.
Today’s CNN article discusses that Tokyo will be the second New York if shut down is not declared immediately.
The main reason why they say so is that Tokyo is not testing enough people. Only 40000 people were tested in Japan, while 400000 people were tested in Korea with smaller population than Japan.(すみません400000と言うべきところを40000といい間違えました)
THIS means there are lots of
infected but not tested people spreading virus rapidly in Japan.
Considering this small number of test and recent increase of confirmed cases, Tokyo or Japan as whole will have outbreak of corona patients.
However, Japanese government so far is reluctant to go ahead with lock down because of its negative economic impacts on Japan.