Back from the brink: how Japan became a surprise Covid success story

Posted by on October 13, 2021 1:36 am
Categories: Global Stories

Covid infections fall to lowest levels in more than a year, but experts warn winter could spark a fresh wave

Just days after the Tokyo Olympics drew to a close, Japan appeared to be hurtling towards a coronavirus disaster. On 13 August, the host city reported a record 5,773 new Covid-19 cases, driven by the Delta variant. Nationwide the total exceeded 25,000.

Soaring infections added to resentment felt by a public that had opposed the Olympics, only to be told they could not watch events in person due to the pandemic. Hospitals were under unprecedented strain, the shortage of beds forcing thousands who had tested positive to recuperate – and in some cases die – at home.

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