Degree of freedom of life in September is 51.9 points, the second lowest score so far
As new cases and patients with severe symptoms surged, anxieties and activity restriction rose again
Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living, a think tank of Hakuhodo Inc., conducted its “Survey of Sei-katsu-sha Concerning COVID-19” in September 2021 to understand sei-katsu-sha‘s attitudes and behaviors during the coronavirus pandemic. The survey was conducted September 2–6, 2021 in the Greater Tokyo (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Ibaraki Prefectures), Greater Nagoya (Aichi, Mie and Gifu Prefectures) and Hanshin (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Nara Prefectures) areas, targeting 1,500 males and females aged 20–69. See p. 8 for the survey outline.
Conditions prior to the survey: New cases rose sharply in August nationwide. From August 8, Pre-emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 were expanded to eight prefectures, including Aichi Prefecture. On August 13, Tokyo recorded 5,773 new cases, as new cases exceeded 20,000 nationwide for the first time. The country recorded over 25,000 new cases on August 19. The Tokyo Paralympics opened on August 24, and states of emergency were expanded to 21 prefectures and Pre-emergency Measures to 12 prefectures (August 27–September 12) the next day. In late August, while new cases had begun to fall, new cases among children and young people were soaring. This survey was conducted at a time when patients with severe symptoms were increasing almost every day and the news was continuously reporting sharply rising numbers of patients recuperating at home and pressure on the medical system.