More People Committed Suicide In Japan Last Month Than Have Died All Year From Coronavirus: Report


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Japan saw a spike in suicides last month that registered greater than the total number of people who have died on the island nation from the coronavirus pandemic for the entire year.

“In Japan, government statistics show suicide claimed more lives in October than Covid-19 has over the entire year to date,” CNN reported. “The monthly number of Japanese suicides rose to 2,153 in October, according to Japan’s National Police Agency. As of Friday, Japan’s total Covid-19 toll was 2,087, the health ministry said.”

The Japan Times reported last year that the total number of suicides for 2019 had fallen below 20,000 for the first time since the nation started keeping such records in 1978. The decline in suicides was attributed to an economy that was getting stronger and an effort by officials to reduce suicides.