A Japanese government survey has found that there’s anxiety among a majority of people because of Covid-19 pandemic.
The online survey done by the country’s health ministry in September covered over 10,000 people, in which the government asked them how the pandemic affected their mental health, NHK World reported.
The results released earlier this month show that almost half of the participants were concerned all through the survey period between February and September. The number reached its peak between the month of April and May.
According to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, this trend is in “tandem with the pace of infections.”
On a question approximately what worried the participants all through the pandemic, over 60 per cent expressed fear that they and their families could be infected. Answering a question approximately any change in way of life, as many as 39.1 per cent said they’ve been exercising less since the start of the virus.
As per the country’s public broadcaster, the survey supports arguments that the Covid-19 has put a psychological strain on the public. In view of the affect caused by the pandemic, the country’s health ministry said they’ll step up measures to supply psychological care.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there 218,453 cases of infection in the country. Starting Monday, Japan will suspend entry of foreigners to contain the spread of a new strain of virus first discovered in the UK, the Kyodo news agency reported.
On Friday, Japan has registered the first cases of the new strain of the coronavirus. The country could also be seeing record day-to-day infections of the original coronavirus for the fourth day on end.
The media outlet stressed that each one Japanese nationals would be obliged to submit negative Covid-19 test results received inside 72 hours before their departure from any country that had confirmed cases of the mutant virus.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed. )
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