Japan struggled to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic and extreme weather

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According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, strong barometric pressure and cold air currents are causing heavy snowfall in areas along the Japanese coast, especially the Hokuriku and Toyama regions, when for the first time in 35 years, The amount of snowfall in Toyama exceeds 1.2m.

Japan struggled to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic and extreme weather

According to the Japanese news agency Jiji, in the face of the risk of a new wave of infection of Covid-19, the Japanese government is preparing to extend an order to declare a state of emergency in its three western provinces, including Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. Before that, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures including Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama.

Compared to 2020, this year, Japan is suffering from record snowfalls and blizzards. From January 9 to January 11 alone, 16 people were killed in this area due to snow-related incidents, and this number continues to increase, the number of people injured up to hundreds.

In the provinces of Hokkaido, Fukui, Niigata … many roads were delayed. More dangerous than freezing snow makes traffic difficult, slippery, easy to cause accidents. In Toyama and Fukui prefectures, heavy snowfall ranges from 80 to 90 cm. In Hokkaido, Niigata … the snow accumulates on the roofs of many meters, easily dangerous.

Niigata province, the situation is more serious because since the end of December 2020, snow falls continuously and blizzards have occurred. It is also the province with the most deaths due to snow incidents. Every day these numbers increase.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, today (November 12) and the following days, snow continues to fall wide from north to south, spreading to the Pacific region. Today, the first day in some prefectures in Tokyo has recorded snowfall when the temperature drops as low as 1 degree C, even minus. According to forecasts, in the coming days, snow will still fall across the country and low temperatures. Snowfall and blizzard are greatly affecting the health of people and other activities.

The extreme weather has made the lives of people more and more difficult, while the threat of a new wave of infections Covid-19 is also threatening some areas in Japan.

In order to limit the spread of the disease, Japan, since January 7, has re-declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring provinces. Tomorrow (January 13), the Kansai region prefectures including Osaka are scheduled to declare a state of emergency, and other localities such as Aichi .., will also consider this as soon as possible.

Tokyo and neighboring provinces have declared a state of emergency, but in the past few consecutive days the number of new cases has been at around 2,000 cases a day, and this is the highest number ever. New records are likely to continue to be set. The number of patients getting worse is increasing. Therefore, the Japanese government requires people and businesses to strictly comply with the contents of the statement such as restricting going out, avoiding close contact, avoiding gathering, and restaurants to close from 8:00 PM … Japan hopes that within a month the number of new cases will decrease and normal activities can return.

In general, along with epidemics and extreme weather, people’s daily life difficulties and insecurity have increased. However, the Japanese government is doing its best to ensure the safety of the people.