The behaviour and attitude of the people of Japan in the next two weeks will be critical, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said. Japan has been struggling with a staggering number of cases recently. And, how the people respond to guidelines within the upcoming weeks will determine how Japan is going to cope with the expected surge in cases during the winter season.
A sudden spike will put an unbearable burden on the healthcare system of Japan, which has already stretched thin due to the massive number of cases. More cases might even see the health systems completely collapsing due to sheer exhaustion.
Prime Minister Suga urged the people of Japan to corporate with the authorities and the requests to follow guidelines which mandate wearing of face masks in public areas and maintaining social distancing.
Tokyo even requested the bars and restaurant to adopt early closing times in order to curb large crowds from gathering in confined spaces.
Although Japan managed to get through the first wave with no strict lockdown measures, the second wave has had much more devastating effects across Japan.