The riddle of Japan’s dramatic drop in COVID numbers

Posted by on December 20, 2021 12:23 pm
Categories: US National Stories

Commuters wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on Oct. 1. Case numbers have dropped significantly in Japan since summer. Researchers are trying to determine why. One theory is that the willingness to wear masks has made a difference; other theories are being investigated.

The turnaround came in the wake of a fifth wave of infections that peaked in August. Japan is trying to figure out why its COVID case numbers and fatalities have plummeted.

(Image credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

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