- Title: Japanese residents say COVID spike is inevitable
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (AUGUST 2, 2021) (REUTERS) TOKYO STATION, PEDESTRIANS CROSSING STREET PEDESTRIANS WAITING TO CROSS STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 60-YEAR-OLD YOKOHAMA RESIDENT, KOJI SUZUKI, SAYING: "(The number of people infected by) variants is increasing. I am already vaccinated, but I am still concerned. I live in Yokohama, and there are many restaurants that are operating. When I see those places, it's packed with customers. So it is inevitable that it's (cases) increasing." PEOPLE WALKING VEHICLES WAITING FOR PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 26-YEAR-OLD IBARAKI PREFECTURE RESIDENT, YU UWAI, SAYING: "It's odd, isn't it? I honestly think everyone has gotten used to coronavirus." TOKYO 2020 BANNER TOKYO STATION, PEOPLE WALKING IN FRONT (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 38-YEAR-OLD TOKYO RESIDENT, TOMOKO NAGAYASU, SAYING: "Everyone is tired (of state of emergency). They can't really think of their actions or refrain from going out. The people around me say they cannot be vigilant (about the virus) anymore. It's impossible. Everyone says there's nothing left that we can do." MAN WALKING VEHICLES PASSING
- Embargoed: 16th August 2021 06:13
- Keywords: COVID-19 Japan Delta variant Japan coronavirus Tokyo Tokyo coronavirus coronavirus state of emergency
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001EOL50SN
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- Story Text: Tokyo residents said on Monday (August 2) that many people are no longer vigilant about the coronavirus despite the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
"Everyone is tired (of the state of emergency) â€¦ the people around me say they cannot be vigilant (about the virus) anymore. It's impossible. Everyone says there's nothing left that we can do," commented 38-year-old Tokyo resident Tomoko Nagayasu.
COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday (July 31), exceeding 4,000 for the first time and overshadowing the Games.
The new record comes a day after Japan decided to extend its state of emergency for Tokyo to three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka in light of the recent spike in infections.
(Production: Akira Tomoshige, Rikako Maruyama)
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