Japan Limits Hospitalization due to Rising Cases

The Japanese government announced that the healthcare system will only be hospitalizing patients who are seriously ill with COVID-19 while those with minor cases were advised homecare as cases rose to record levels.

“We are working to secure hospital beds so that seriously ill patients and those at high risk can be hospitalized for sure. We will also make arrangements to allow other patients to be admitted to hospitals if their condition deteriorates,” said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

According to Chief of Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, the pandemic situation in Japan has changed after more young people started getting infected instead of the elderly.

“With people also being admitted to hospital with heatstroke, some people are not able to immediately get admitted and are recovering at home,” explained Kato. 

The Japanese government, however, will allow local governments to decide on their own despite their announcement while stating that there are no specific eligibility criteria for geographical area and uniform criteria for hospitalization.

As of Sunday, Japan has recorded 932,000 total cases and just over 15,000 deaths while 70% of hospital beds in Tokyo alone are full.

Tokyo Shimbun reported that 12,000 patients were already isolated at home.

Suga defended that the surge in cases was not caused by the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. 

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