The Japanese government downgraded the COVID situation to seasonal influenza

Though Japan faces high numbers of COVID cases every day, Japan is considering lowering its COVID-19 rules to the same category as seasonal influenza, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

Fumio Kishida said he has instructed his administration and the Ministry of Health to assess the consequences of the move. Japan is facing 1,00,000 coronavirus cases daily, ANI reported, citing the CNN report.

Based on the large number of COVID cases reported in the country, COVID has the same status as tuberculosis and bird flu in second place. Now officials plan to rank it fifth, which is in line with seasonal flu, CNN reported, citing Japan’s Health Ministry.

“In order to further advance the efforts to ‘Living with Corona’ and bring Japan back to a state of normality, we will gradually convert the various previous policies and measures,” said Kishida.

Last October, Japan ended one of the world’s toughest border controls by opening its borders to foreigners. Since the onset of the pandemic, the peak population has gained immunity to the virus due to high vaccination rates and repeated waves of COVID-19. The risk of death or hospitalization from COVID-19 has also greatly decreased, according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In contrast, the World Health Organization has maintained its stance on COVID and counts Covid as a pandemic. In its latest update, the International Health Organization has again recommended people to follow social distancing norms and wear a mask.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus encouraged governments to continue sharing Covid data as it remains crucial to identify and track the emergence and spread of new variants.

Recently, a Japanese health expert warned clearly that after mid-January, the country could see another spike in COVID cases that could surpass the previous record.

The daily COVID count of cases in Japan may reach the central government’s earlier forecast of 4,50,000 nationwide, according to Tateda Kazuhiro, a Toho University professor who is a member of the government’s coronavirus advisory board.

(With inputs from ANI)

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