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'7th wave has come,' Japan pref. governor says as COVID infections surge

Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura (Mainichi)

NAGOYA -- Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura expressed his view on July 5 that the seventh wave of coronavirus infections has hit his prefecture as case numbers surge.

    A total of 2,481 new infections were confirmed that day in Aichi Prefecture, 1,108 up from a week earlier and the first time that the count has topped 2,000 since May 26, when 2,015 were reported.

    Omura told reporters, "This increase is astonishing. We have to say the seventh wave, not a rebound, has come."

    New daily infections in the prefecture had been on a downward trend since late May, and the number was below 1,000 for multiple days in a row in June. However, it began to increase on June 21, and has been increasing week-on-week for 15 straight days. Aichi Prefectural Government officials believe that the recent rise is caused by factors including an increase in the flow of people and that previous versions of the virus are being replaced with the highly contagious BA.5 strain of the omicron variant.

    (Japanese original by Shiho Sakai, Nagoya News Center)

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