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State of emergency declared in Aichi province as of August 6

Category: Health and Medical

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: Drum Cussac

08/06/2020 (Japan) - Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura has declared a state of emergency (SOE) in the Aichi province (Ch¿bu region) as of Thursday, August 6, following a recent spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The SOE will remain in place until August 24 but may be extended beyond this date. Aichi recorded 144 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, August 5, and a record 193 cases were reported on July 31; the provincial capital Nagoya is believed to be the epicenter of recent infections. Reportedly, the SOE has been implemented in order to encourage restraint on residents from making homecoming visits and non-essential outings but does not have binding power.
As of August 6, Japanese authorities have recorded over 43,118 confirmed cases of COVID-19 countrywide, with 1028 associated fatalities. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
Context
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
* Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
* When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
* If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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