High summer temperatures no relief against virus spread: Abe


Tokyo: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that higher temperatures in the summer are unlikely to slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus in Japan, given that infections are high even in the Middle East.”We cannot rest easy just because it’s summer because the infection is spreading in the Middle East where temperatures are high,” Abe said on an internet program, downplaying the idea that hotter conditions could play a role in lowering infections.Temperatures in the Middle East have topped 35 C in cities such as Tehran and Riyadh, the capitals of Iran and Saudi Arabia, where statistics by the World Health Organization as of Sunday show around 185,000 and 123,000 cases have been confirmed, respectively.