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COVID-19 Surge in Hokkaido Raises Alarm in Japan

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Japan’s COVID-19 task force released an emergency declaration after cases skyrocketed in Hokkaido and warned that more precautions need to be taken as winter approaches.

Japan’s COVID-19 task force released an emergency declaration after cases skyrocketed in Hokkaido and warned that more precautions need to be taken as winter approaches.  

Hokkaido recorded at least 160 cases on Tuesday and a record 200 new cases on Monday while 4,198 people being treated locally.

 Hokkaido already declared its own state of emergency last February, weeks before the central a nationwide one was implemented in April,

The rise in cases was believed to be related to colder weather as more people stayed indoors while clusters were also observed at Nighttime entertainment establishments.

“This is a really serious problem for Hokkaido as temperatures and humidity levels are dropping, meaning that people are keeping their windows closed to keep the warmth in and we know that it is easier for the virus to spread in a closed environment,” explained Yoko Tsukamoto, a professor of infection control at the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido.

Hokkaido Governor Suzuki Naomichi visited the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Tuesday to brief Suga about the recent surge of infections in his prefecture.

Due to the situation in the prefecture, Hokkaido Governor Suzuki Naomichi visited the prime minister Suga Yoshihide’s office in Tokyo to give a briefing.

Suga pledged his cooperation with the prefecture while Suzuki said he aimed to contain the virus by the end of the month.