Japan infects 1 million in 2 weeks!Discuss downgrading COVID-19 to “flu” and ending free medical care?

2022-07-22 0 By

As of 11 p.m. on Feb. 3, the number of new cases in # Japan exceeded 100,000 for the first time.The cumulative number of confirmed cases across the country surpassed the 3 million mark. The number of confirmed cases surged to 1 million in just two weeks after the 2 million mark was reached on January 20.The number of daily infections in Tokyo exceeded 20,000 for the second consecutive day, and the use of COVID-19 beds reached 53.1 percent.Earlier, Governor Koike said that he would issue an emergency declaration again if the hospital bed utilization rate reaches 50 percent.However, at a meeting held in Tokyo on February 3, Governor Koike did not mention issuing a new declaration. Instead, he changed the criteria for discussing the declaration to the state. First, in the medical provision system: (1) the utilization rate of intensive care beds; (2) the proportion of hospitalized patients requiring oxygen is 30 to 40 percent;Second, the average number of new infections reached more than 24,000 in a seven-day period.When both targets are met, the government will discuss issuing a declaration request to the country.”The medical system is in a predicament,” masataka Inuguchi, vice president of the Tokyo Medical Doctors Association, said. “In addition to the medical shortage of COVID-19 patients, the general medical care of ordinary people has also been greatly affected, making it difficult to receive emergency treatment.”As of February 4, the number of severe cases in the country reached 1,042, the highest since late September last year.As the infection has not been contained, the Japanese government has been discussing the extension of the “prevention of spread and other key measures” in 13 prefectures including Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa. Currently, the extension is being considered from February 13 to February 27, and the official decision is expected to be made in the middle of next week.However, the effectiveness of the measures has been questioned. Vice Chairman Masataka Iniguchi said that the current infection rate has far exceeded the “fifth wave” and that one out of every 100 people in Tokyo who tested positive for COVID-19 has been hospitalized, stayed at home or stayed at home, with 83,727 of them staying at home.Aichi Prefecture also recorded a record 32,935 residential residents.In order to relieve the pressure on health centers, the county government announced that from February 3, it would reduce the daily health monitoring of patients living at home to once on the first day of the treatment, and that patients should contact health centers if their condition worsens.A man in his 30s in Uraan, Chiba Prefecture, said he developed symptoms of fever and sore throat on January 30. He made nearly 100 phone calls to 10 hospitals in the city but failed to get through.But he gave up the appointment and went to the hospital directly. After being tested and confirmed, he was given 5 days’ supply of medicine and isolated at home. However, when he contacted the health center, he got no response, “Living alone, he could not even contact the health center.Experts say that the omicron virus, which is the main strain of the virus in Japan, is highly contagious but has a low rate of severe illness and death, and that it is necessary to ease the pressure on health centers and medical facilities and re-evaluate the application of the COVID-19 law.Currently, the Japanese government has classified COVID-19 as “designated infection,” the second highest risk level of which is “equivalent to 2.” The government also has the right to urge patients to exercise self-restraint, report their health status to health centers, and conduct an investigation into the route of infection.But some, led by Tokyo Governor Koike, argue that the long isolation has hampered normal socio-economic activities and that health centres are “on the verge of collapse”.If it falls to category 5, which is the same as influenza, patients can go to hospitals and stay at home without monitoring.Experts are also opposed to the idea that if COVID-19 is downgraded to influenza, the government will no longer pay the full cost of medical treatment, but will have to pay 30 percent of the medical cost even with insurance, which will discourage patients and increase the number of infections.On the other hand, Japan has not established a stable supply system of vaccines and treatment drugs, nor can it deny the risk of new mutations in the virus.”It will be difficult to reassess the risk without understanding the predictability of the mutation,” said Akizizo Takashi, director of the National Institute of Infection.The prime minister was cautious. “Is it appropriate to change the classification at a time when infections are rapidly increasing?We will finalize our policy by June based on expert discussions.At present, the epidemic situation in Japan is severe, and the sequelae caused by infection can not be underestimated. Ijob reminds everyone to stick to the protection and reduce going out and gathering!Do you think the current outbreak in Japan is similar to the flu?Leave a comment and chat with us