A total of 20,000,343 COVID-19 cases in Japan more than doubled in less than two months after new infections were reported on July 14, figures showed on Saturday.
The country recorded 99,491 new Covid cases on Friday. A total of 211 people have been reported killed, bringing the total death toll to 42,363, according to data from the country’s public broadcaster NHK.
COVID-19 in Japan
Local media reported that the rapid increase in the number of deaths made it difficult to cremate the dead in some parts of Japan.
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In Japan, the number of new infections in the latest week was 69 percent higher than the previous week, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a report earlier this week.
The majority of the country’s new coronavirus deaths in July and August were among people over the age of 70.
The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, citing ministry data, reported that between June 29 and August 30, people aged 70 and older accounted for about 91 percent of virus deaths.
Japan’s Asahi Shimbun said the average life expectancy of Japanese men and women was reduced by 0.1 years and 0.07 years in 2021 because of the pandemic.
It was the first time in 10 years that the average life expectancy of Japanese people has decreased since the 2011 March 11 earthquake.
The World Health Organization said the number of new cases in Japan crossed 1,160,000 in the week of August 29 to September 4, the highest in the world for the seventh consecutive week.
During the same period, the death toll from the coronavirus in Japan reached 2,059, second only to the US.