How Japan became a surprise Covid success story

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Back from the brink: how Japan became a surprise Covid success story

Covid infections fall to lowest levels in more than a year, but experts warn winter could spark a fresh wave

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Japan’s Covid-19 state of emergency was fully lifted on 1 October Photograph: AFLO/REX/Shutterstock

Japan’s Covid-19 state of emergency was fully lifted on 1 October Photograph: AFLO/REX/Shutterstock

While Suga was criticised for emphasising the economy over the virus response, recent polls show the public expects Kishida to prioritise public health, including early approval for antiviral drugs and boosting the health service’s ability to respond to a future outbreak.

But experts say it would be foolish to assume that the danger has passed, and have warned that numbers could begin to rise again as colder weather approaches and people mingle in poorly ventilated bars and restaurants during the bonenkai office party season.

“The end of the emergency doesn’t mean we are 100% free,” Shigeru Omi, the government’s chief medical adviser, cautioned recently. “The government should send a clear message to the people that we can only relax gradually.”

With Reuters

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