It has recorded 23,296 deaths. The confirmed cases from the two clusters have reached 41,955 by Wednesday. People walk past a public service display promoting social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic at a concourse leading to the terminal station in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district on January 6, 2021. Those needing critical care in the capital also reached a record 113 people, according to the metropolitan government. Authorities have focused their efforts on migrant workers mainly in the seafood industry in Samut Sakhon province that has been the epicenter of the new outbreak. Those in neighborhoods ranked as medium risk could only leave after showing a negative test for the virus. It comes a week after medical personnel and strategic forces were given their initial shots at Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, the 7th Fleet said. Sri Lanka has reported a total of 45,728 cases with 217 fatalities.- Indonesia has recorded 8,854 new coronavirus cases, another daily record, as President Joko Widodo announced the start of a vaccination program. Widodo said in a televised speech that he will receive a shot on Jan. Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images
Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region:- Thailand is planning to expand testing to thousands of factories in a province next to Bangkok as it reported 365 new cases around the country on Wednesday and one new death. After a memo from the ship’s captain warning of the threat was leaked, he was fired by the then-acting navy secretary, who himself was then fired amid the controversy.- Sri Lanka police have begun conducting compulsory tests on people who fail to wear masks and maintain social distancing at public places, in the latest move to contain the coronavirus. Among the new cases, 250 are locally transmitted among Thais and 99 are migrant workers. Toshio Nakagawa, head of the Japan Medical Association, called the situation “extremely serious” but stopped short of criticizing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for acting too slow to contain the latest outbreak, as some have suggested.”Please take this virus seriously, and don’t think it’s just another flu,” Nakagawa said, warning hospital care was getting stretched thin. 13 to build confidence in the vaccine. The fleet includes about 20,000 sailors operating 50-70 ships and submarines and 140 aircraft. The new cases Wednesday bring the country’s confirmed total to 788,402, the most in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.3 million confirmed cases. On Tuesday, police arrested 1,060 people in Colombo and suburbs and 14 of them tested positive for the virus. They’re also trying to trace itinerant gamblers who travel widely and are blamed for a second major hotspot outside Bangkok. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesperson for the COVID-19 coordinating center, said there were plans to test workers at more than 10,000 factories in Samut Sakhon, 100 of which have more than 500 employees each. That brings the total to 9,331, including 66 deaths – the latest being long-distance truck driver who worked from Samut Sakhon. The state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma began distributing 3 million doses of the vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech across the archipelago nation, home to more than 270 million people. Liaoning’s provincial capital Shenyang has ordered people in16 districts to stay home and anyone seeking to leave the city must present a negative test obtained within 72 hours of departure, according to state broadcaster CCTV. Tokyo reports daily record of coronavirus cases as government prepares to declare emergency
January 6, 2021 / 10:16 AM
Questions about the origins of coronavirus
Questions about the origins of coronavirus
Tokyo on Wednesday reported a daily record of 1,591 coronavirus cases as the national government prepares to declare a state of emergency this week to cope with a new wave of infections. Also Wednesday, single cases were also reported in Beijing and the provinces of Lioaning and Heilongjiang, where mass testing and limited lockdowns have also been enforced. Among those vaccinated were sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, the fleet’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier. The Navy has battled COVID-19, most notably in March aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, where more than 1,200 personnel were infected. The government has a target of vaccinating 70% of the population, or at least 182 million people, with health workers given the top priority.
First published on January 6, 2021 / 10:16 AM – The U.S. “Next week, I will be the first to be inoculated with the vaccine to show that it is safe and halal as the vaccination program starts nationwide,” Widodo said. The top provincial official said residents of areas classified as medium or high risk, primarily in the cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai, were being tested and barred from going out. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said the tests are in addition to legal action against those violating the quarantine laws. Vaccinations are being provided on a voluntary basis. Wary of another wave of infections, China is urging migrant workers to stay put during the Lunar New Year holidays next month. Classes are shifting online and school dormitories are in lockdown. The rest are overseas arrivals. Navy in the Pacific has started administering initial COVID-19 vaccinations to thousands of sailors. Japan has confirmed more than 250,000 cases, including over 3,700 deaths. School classes are being dismissed early and tourists have been told not to come to Beijing. Schools, bars, gambling parlors and other public gathering places have been closed, although malls, departments stores and restaurants remain open with curtailed hours.- China’s Hebei is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province adjacent to the capital Beijing that’s due to host events for next year’s Winter Olympics. The vaccinations are part of a “prioritized, phased approach” adopted by the Department of Defense to “protect our people, maintain readiness, and support the national COVID-19 response,” the fleet said. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported another 20 cases in Hebei, bringing the province’s total to 39 since Sunday. The government has ordered a partial lockdown around Thailand, with strict travel restrictions in some areas. A fresh outbreak came in October when two clusters – one centered on a garment factory and the other on a fish market – emerged in and around Colombo.