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How Japan achieved one of the world's lowest Covid-19 death rates

Japan's Covid-19 death rate is the lowest among the world's wealthiest nations, with health experts pointing to continued mask wearing, extensive vaccination

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Japan’s measures may hold lessons for how other countries can deal with the current or future pandemics.

Kanoko Matsuyama and James Mayger | Bloomberg
Japan’s Covid-19 death rate is the lowest among the world’s wealthiest nations, with health experts pointing to continued mask wearing, extensive vaccination and an already healthy population as the core factors behind its success. 

The population has continued to adhere to basic infection control measures, including avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated venues, as other parts of the world grapple with pandemic fatigue. And Japan’s measures have been bolstered by a robust vaccination program and free medical care. 

But what truly sets it apart from many places, particularly Asian neighbors like China, is it’s managed to limit deaths without mandates and

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First Published: Jun 18 2022 | 6:37 AM IST

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