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INTERVIEW: 2nd Wave of COVID-19 Inevitable in Japan

INTERVIEW: 2nd Wave of COVID-19 Inevitable in Japan

   London, May 18 (Jiji Press)--A second wave of novel coronavirus infections is sure to hit Japan although the country has managed to prevent an explosive spread of COVID-19, Kenji Shibuya, a professor at a British institute, has said.
   In an interview, Shibuya, director of the Institute for Population Health at King's College London, warned against complacency after Japan managed to prevent an outbreak on the scale seen in western countries.
   "It will be dangerous to have such an impression when the next wave of infections comes," he said. "The fight against this virus is truly a long-term battle, and it's only the end of the first inning, to use a baseball metaphor."
   Shibuya praised the Japanese government's measures to contain clusters of infections during the initial stages of the outbreak. He also said citizen's efforts to stay home and the government's declaration of a state of emergency immediately after infection numbers began to rise exponentially helped prevent an explosive spread.
   "Japanese customs such as using face masks and not shaking hands much may have also worked in a positive way, but the importance of social distancing has become apparent," he said.

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