Japan’s health ministry says coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January
Experts say Japan has so far managed to avoid “explosive” infections as in Europe and the U.S. without enforcing lockdowns, most likely thanks to the common use of face masks and disinfectant, as well as other common preventive measures including social distancing.
Japan had a nationwide state of emergency in April and May, and experienced a less serious second wave in August, but has since been seeing a slight uptrend in new cases in northern Japanese prefectures, setting off concerns of a surge in the winter.
Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido this week raised an warning level after finding major clusters in urban entertainment districts.
Experts on Thursday also urged caution in Tokyo where daily count has fluctuated between 100s and 200s.