The number of people using the Tokaido Shinkansen has dropped significantly due to the rapid expansion of Omicron stocks.

The period from the 1st to the 16th of this month was 65% lower than the same period 3 years ago before the effects of the new coronavirus.

According to the announcement by JR Tokai, the movement of homecoming and travel became active during the year-end and New Year holidays, and the number of Tokaido Shinkansen users recovered to 20% decrease from the same period three years ago before the influence of Corona. Was there.

However, due to the rapid spread of the Omicron strain, the number of users last month decreased by 45% compared to the same month three years ago.

In addition, the number of users decreased by 65% ​​from the 1st to the 16th of this month, dropping to the same level as last August and September when the Delta strain spread.

Regarding the outlook for the future, JR Tokai President Shin Kaneko said at a regular press conference on the 17th, "It is unclear how the infection of the Omicron strain will converge. I want it. "