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Public naturally anxious about COVID-19 amid lack of a strategy

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For two days in a row, Tokyo reported more than 100 new cases of the novel coronavirus, and there are signs of a spike in prefectures neighboring the capital.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the situation requires “vigilance,” but indicated a reluctance to take stronger action, like urging businesses to close, a measure implemented from April to May.

There are some valid reasons for Koike’s cautious stance. For one, an increased number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are leading to the discovery of cases that would not otherwise have been detected.

In addition, medical institutions in Tokyo are not at risk of being overwhelmed because most new cases are said to involve only mild symptoms.

Instead of allowing our mood to be at the mercy of daily ups and downs in numbers, we should continue doing what we can to prevent infections.

But there is no denying that a vague sense of anxiety is spreading.

That is because neither the metropolitan government nor the central........

© The Asahi Shimbun