Japan's Osaka reports 6,000 COVID cases in new daily record

# 18 January 2022 09:45 (UTC +04:00)

Japan’s Osaka prefecture is set to record about 6,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, an official with knowledge of the matter said earlier today, APA reports citing the Kyodo news agency.

The figure which would surpass the previous all-time high of 3,760 set on Sunday.

Japan is also set to halt implementation of its so-called vaccine-and-testing package, a government system that checks whether people have been vaccinated twice or have proof of a negative test in order to access a range of public activities, sources told the Japan Times.

Restrictions on activities such as dining and spectator attendance limits were to have been eased however the government is reportedly now considering placing Tokyo and 10 prefectures under a Covid quasi-state of emergency with plans to recommend a halt of the vaccine-and-testing package.

The decision will go to a government advisory panel as early as Wednesday, according to sources.

Japan’s daily case count totalled 20,991 on Monday, surpassing 20,000 for the fourth consecutive day. Of Monday’s figures, Tokyo accounted for 3,719 new cases, more than quadrupling the total from a week ago.

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