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Warning about 'sudden spread of infections' as Japan sees steady rise in coronavirus cases

Shigeru Omi, head of the Japanese government's coronavirus advisory subcommittee, speaks at a press conference in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Nov. 9, 2020. (Mainichi/Toshiki Miyama)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government's coronavirus advisory subcommittee compiled an emergency proposal on Nov. 9 urging the enhancement of border controls and measures against cluster infections, as the country has seen an upward trend in the number of cases, including in Hokkaido which confirmed 200 new patients that day.

    The subcommittee says there is "a high possibility of a sudden spread of infections unless appropriate prevention measures are taken, as socio-economic activity gradually resumes."

    The emergency proposal says that the public and local and national governments need to take further measures against cluster infections; providing information in a dialogue-based manner; ensure stores, workplaces and other facilities carry out coronavirus countermeasures; enhance infection control efforts as cross-border travel resumes; and promote genetic analysis for verification of such countermeasures so that social-economic activities can continue this winter.

    (Japanese original by Sooryeon Kim, Lifestyle and Medical News Department)

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