Sunday, October 2, 2022

Latest news: Japan aims to be fully vaccinated by this fall

Associated Press Report

TOKYO-Japan’s minister in charge of vaccine promotion, Taro Kono, promised on Sunday that he would inject the new coronavirus vaccine in time, because Japan’s goal is to vaccinate its population in full by October or November.

He said that Pfizer and Moderna’s booster injections will arrive early next year to provide timely services to medical workers and the elderly. They are given priority, and most of them get the second injection before July.

“Japan’s goal is to reach 80% of the vaccination level,” Kono said in a Fuji TV program broadcast nationwide.

He added that a digital system for vaccination certification will be launched later this year.

Japan lags behind developed countries in terms of vaccination, and its full vaccination rate is currently about 43%. According to the Ministry of Health, hospitals have become overcrowded and more than 118,000 people infected with the coronavirus are waiting at home. Japan has recorded approximately 15,800 COVID-related deaths.


More information about the pandemic:

— Russia’s July virus-related death toll hit a record of 50,000

— During the latest COVID-19 surge, contact tracing is of secondary importance

— The UK is preparing to vaccinate 12-15 year olds before school starts

— How much will the Sturgis rally affect the virus cases?


— Find more AP reports on and


Here is what is happening:

Bend, Oregon – The emergency management department in Oregon said that the state’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen so fast that both counties require refrigerated trucks to load corpses.

Department spokesperson Bobbi Doan said on Saturday that Tillamook County on the northwest coast of Oregon and Josephine County in the southwest have requested trucks.

Tillamook County Emergency Affairs Director Gordon McGraw wrote in a request to the state that the county’s only funeral home “has been at or surpassed its capacity for nine corpses.” He added that the virus cases among the staff prevented them from transporting the bodies to other counties.

Dogan said in a telephone interview that the refrigerated truck arrived in the county on Friday and was loaned by Klamath County.

The Tillamook County Committee stated that from August 18 to August 23, there were 6 COVID-19 deaths in the county, exceeding the total of 5 COVID-19 deaths that occurred in the 18 months before the pandemic.


Traverse City, Michigan – A newspaper reporter in Michigan said he was punched while reporting on an anti-masking event.

The Office of the Sheriff of the Greater Traverse County is investigating. Record-Eagle reporter Brendan Quealy went to the Silver Lake Recreation Area on Thursday to check out the activities organized by an organization called “Citizens Liberation of Michigan.”

Heather Cerone introduced herself to the crowd and urged people to block the reporter’s view. Querry said that he was pushed onto the fence by a man and was punched in the face.

Cerone claimed that the event was private because the pavilion was rented. But prosecutor Noel Morganberg said the area around the pavilion is open to anyone.

Querry said he was just doing his job: tracking the news and reporting accurately.


Springfield, Oregon — Public health officials say that the COVID-19 outbreak in an assisted living facility in Oregon has infected 64 people and killed 5 people, starting with an unvaccinated worker.

The Register-Guard newspaper reported that Gateway Living in Springfield has 105 employees and 101 residents. Only 63% of staff and 82% of residents were fully vaccinated.

Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said the outbreak started with an unvaccinated employee who was working at the time of the infection. About 60% of the cases are breakthrough cases. It is not clear how many cases have occurred among residents, employees or family members, and others outside the facility.

Seven of the infected were hospitalized.


Las Vegas — A Las Vegas hospital has opened a clinic to provide ongoing care for so-called long-distance transporters who suffer from the long-term medical complications of COVID-19.

According to the Las Vegas Review, the University Medical Center stated that its clinic is the first such clinic in Nevada and will also help patients participate in clinical trials of new therapies to treat long-term symptoms.

Long-term symptoms include heart and lung disease, pain, and cognitive impairment.

In another development, the Clark County School District Committee will consider on Wednesday to allow the superintendent to develop a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for school district employees.

Clark County said in a statement that, based on the experience of many government agencies, businesses and other organizations, requiring COVID-19 vaccination “is a responsible and common-sense course of action.” “Our top priority remains the safety and well-being of students and staff.


Phoenix-The day after Arizona had more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, the state reported nearly 3,900 new cases on Saturday, the highest level since the surge in February.

According to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, the 3,893 cases and 55 deaths reported on Saturday brought the total number of confirmed deaths in Arizona to 18.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in the past two weeks rose from 2,604 on August 12 to 3,184 on Thursday. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the rolling average of the number of deaths per day rose from 13 to 23 during the same period.

After steadily climbing since the beginning of July, the number of virus-related hospitalizations in the state in recent days has been between 1,900 and 2,000, with 1,982 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds on Friday. This is well below the 5,082 peak of the pandemic on January 11.


Montgomery, Alabama-State data show that the vast majority of people who have been hospitalized or died due to COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

State health official Scott Harris said that since the vaccine was widely available in April, 1,230 people in Alabama have died from the virus. Approximately 91% of deaths are people who have not been vaccinated.

108 of the fully vaccinated people died, accounting for about 9% of the deaths. Harris said that almost all of these deaths are elderly or have serious chronic health problems.

State officials provided these numbers because they tried to emphasize that vaccines can reduce the risk of serious illness. The Alabama Hospital Association stated that of the 2,900 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 85% were not vaccinated.


Memphis, Tennessee — Classrooms and schools in Tennessee, facing a surge in coronavirus cases and quarantine areas, can request a temporary shift to distance learning if there is a need in the area.

Tennessee Department of Education Director Peggy Schwinn said that although she is still committed to face-to-face teaching, schools and classrooms can seek exemptions from the State Board of Education regulations that prevent districts from unilaterally requiring students to implement distance learning.

This letter was issued at a time when some school districts in Tennessee were forced to close due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases among students, faculty and staff. The Wilson County School stated that the school will be closed next week “to help slow the current trend of positive cases and isolation.”

State Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said on Wednesday that children accounted for 36% of reported coronavirus cases in Tennessee. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Tennessee ranks sixth in the country in the total number of new cases per capita this week. In the past two weeks, the daily rolling average of new cases has increased by approximately 2,200.


Pristina, Kosovo – The Kosovo government has postponed the start of school for two weeks and has adopted new restrictions to deal with the increase in coronavirus cases.

In August, this number increased significantly, reaching approximately 2,000 new cases per day. On Saturday, there were 18 deaths and 1,891 confirmed cases.

The government stated that the pre-university year will now begin on September 13. Public institutions will limit the number of people in the office, and there will be no gatherings of more than 50 people.

It also reintroduced a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, and only major public service personnel can be exempted.

Sports and cultural activities can only use 10% to 30% of seats and 70% of external seats in restaurants. Masks must be worn in all enclosed spaces and outdoors.


MOSCOW-According to the Russian National Bureau of Statistics, a record 50,000 people died from the coronavirus in July.

The Rosstat agency reported that 50,421 people died from the coronavirus that month, significantly higher than the previous record of 44,435 in December.

However, the agency stated that only 38,992 deaths were directly attributable to the COVID-19 disease. In another 5,206 deaths, the coronavirus was assessed as a possible main cause, but more investigations are needed; in the other 1,449 cases, the virus caused deaths but was not the main cause.

The report stated that as of the end of July, Russia had registered a total of 215,265 virus-related deaths, exceeding the 180,840 cases cited by the National Coronavirus Working Group.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota-Health officials in five states have linked 178 cases of the virus to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

In the three weeks after the rally began, South Dakota health officials have so far reported 63 cases among the rally. The growth rate per capita in Mead County, the center of the rally, was similar to that of the worst-hit states in the south. Health officials in North Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have all reported cases among people who attended the 10-day rally, which attracted more than 500,000 people.

Health experts worry that large gatherings in the upper reaches of the Midwest will trigger a new wave of virus transmission.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said: “This coronavirus forest fire will continue to burn any human wood it can find.” “It will find you, and it is very contagious. powerful.”

Monument Health, the largest hospital system in the Black Hills area, said the number of people hospitalized due to the virus rose from 5 to 78 this month. The hospital has prepared for more COVID-19 patients by transforming the room into an intensive care unit and redistributing staff.


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