Japan devices new ways to tackle COVID-19

Currently, the COVID-19 situation is classified into four levels used by the central and prefectural governments in deciding the matched anti-measures.
Japan devices new ways to tackle COVID-19
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Japan will revise its assessment criteria of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation to shift focus to hospital capacity from the number of new infections, local media reported on Monday.

Currently, the COVID-19 situation is classified into four levels used by the central and prefectural governments in deciding the matched anti-measures.

The new system, consisting of five levels, was discussed during a meeting of the government’s subcommittee on the COVID-19 response.

It will incorporate a projection of hospital bed availability and try to forecast in advance whether there may be a serious strain on the medical system if infections resurge.

Economic Revitalisation Minister, Daishiro Yamagiwa, who was in charge of COVID-19 response said the government had started to develop new standards expected to come out by mid-November.

“Based on today’s discussions, we will like to prepare for a potential resurgence of infections by assuming a worst-case scenario,’’ Yamagiwa said at the meeting.

Under the new system, alert level 0 refers to a situation of no new COVID-19 cases, while level 1 means the health care system was able to respond to COVID-19 in a stable manner.

”Level two warned that an increase of infections was beginning to put a strain on the system, level three showed a state of emergency was needed.

”The most serious level four signifies that hospitals were no longer able to deal with COVID-19 patients even if they reduce general medical services,” the minister said.

NAN

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