Authorities announced on Tuesday that Japan’s western prefecture, Osaka, will raise its coronavirus alert to the highest of the three levels. This is after the area’s daily infection count reached a record 25,762 in the wake of a new wave of COVID-19.
The alert level will rise to red from yellow on Wednesday, possibly because the prefecture’s hospital occupancy rate has increased to 49.6 percent.
According to the prefectural government, the alert level would be increased if it reached 50 percent.
On Tuesday, Tokyo saw 31,593 additional cases, an increase of around 20,000 over a week earlier. On July 14, the metropolitan government raised Tokyo’s COVID-19 alert from the lowest four levels to the highest.
Japan has not placed restrictions on the movement of people, despite being faced with the seventh wave of record-setting infection by the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant.
Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura stated that the prefecture would likely limit the movement of the elderly when the alert is raised at the highest level. This is because they are at risk of severe symptoms if infected.
He has stated that the prefectural government won’t ask bars and restaurants to reduce their hours of operation as it did previously.
The local government reported Tuesday that 12 more COVID 19 suspects aged between 30 and 90 died from the disease.