In the last 24 hours, there were 303 deaths from coronavirus, raising the total number of victims of the pandemic above the 40,000 mark.
The number of patients who succumbed to complications from COVID-19 in Japan surpassed 300 on Thursday for the third consecutive 24-hour period, as the hospital system has been overwhelmed amid the so-called seventh wave of the new coronavirus pandemic.
There were 303 deaths in 24 hours, which pushed the number of victims of the pandemic over the 40,000 death toll, to 40,258, according to the Ministry of Health.
During the same period, 149,906 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were laboratory confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 19,117,599.
Despite the rapid spread of the seventh wave, no restrictive measures have been announced. Instead, the government will increase on September 7 to 50,000 from 20,000 today the number of foreigners allowed to enter the archipelago on a daily basis as border restrictions are further relaxed, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced last Wednesday.
According to the Kyodo news agency, the World Health Organization announced yesterday that in the week of August 22 to 28, cases in Japan reached 1,258,772, a number that remained the highest in the world for the sixth consecutive week. In the same period, the death toll of COVID-19 reached 1,990 dead (+23% from the previous week), in other words it was the second heaviest in the world, behind that of the USA.
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