By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Japan health officials continue reporting a decrease in COVID-19 cases as some 2,200 cases were reported today, falling below 3,000 for the first time in two months.

“The number of newly infected people nationwide has decreased by about 63% in three weeks.” according to Takaji Wakita, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID).

Due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, which was hit by the fifth wave from mid-July, spread nationwide in the wake of the rapid spread of infection in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It was the biggest epidemic ever, with more than 20,000 infected people reported daily nationwide.

In Tokyo, 302 new coronavirus infections, its lowest figure since late June, was reported today.

Officials with the Tokyo metropolitan government say, “Although the downward trend is continuing, we would like to ask people to remember that we are still in a state of emergency”.

The reason for the sharp decrease in the number of infected people is “complex”. Experts cite the progress of vaccination and seasonal factors, but local governments are becoming more cautious about the rebound of infection caused by people’s relaxation.

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