Japan, one of the few countries that boast high vaccination and booster rates involving the mRNA vaccines from the West is going through an unprecedented COVID-19 crisis as death rates continue to rise since November 2022, with more than 503 COVID-19 deaths reported in the last 24 hours according to official sources.
What is more alarming however is that at this given time, there are almost three quarter million or 740,256 Japanese hospitalized due to COVID-19
We are also not talking about the XB.1.5 or Kraken variant that has only just appeared in Japan and is still very low in circulation and is not expected to drive disease severity.
Rather what is driving the deaths and severity in Japan is a number of BF.7 and BF. 5 sub-lineages and also some BA.5.2 sub-lineages, some of which can also be found in China, Hong Kong and even South Korea and Taiwan and what is being referred to as the East Asian variants including BF.7.14,BF.7.41, BF.5.1, BF.5.2, BA.5.2.48. BA.5.2.49 and also the new BF.7.15.