In early January, a Tokyo man in his 80s with diabetes tested positive for COVID-19. He soon started to have difficulty breathing. But with hospital beds filling up fast, public health authorities couldn’t immediately place him under medical care. Then he showed moderate signs of recovery, which emboldened officials to decide that he could, after all, remain at home to recuperate — despite the capital’s guidelines saying that those age 70 or older with an underlying condition should in principle be hospitalized.
Étiqueté : The Japan Times
Taro Kono, newly appointed as minister in charge of rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, said Tuesday he would tackle the challenge with a complicated logistics plan to deliver an effective blitz of vaccinations quickly.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday expanded the country’s state of emergency to Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi and Fukuoka, making the order effective in 11 of Japan’s 47 prefectures
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday night the government will temporarily suspend an arrangement allowing business travelers from 11 Asian countries and regions to enter Japan, effectively banning the entry of nonresident foreign travelers.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday declared a second, albeit less comprehensive, state of emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has stretched parts of the nation’s health care system to breaking point.
Each day that Tokyo has surpassed its own record for new cases of COVID-19, more often than not the country has as well. On Wednesday, the capital reported an unprecedented 1,591 cases, and as of the evening new cases nationwide had passed 6,000 for the first time.
With numbers of new COVID-19 cases across the Tokyo region surging to record levels, the government is expected to announce a state of emergency this week for the capital and three adjacent prefectures.
The Japanese prime minister and International Olympic Committee chief promised the Tokyo Games will demonstrate the world is winning the war against the coronavirus pandemic. But is it really a good idea to go ahead with the Olympics?
Japan’s stance against declaring another state of emergency appears to be shifting, as coronavirus infections fueled by the onset of cold weather showed no signs of abating even after the country stepped up containment measures.
More than 15% of hospitals saw nurses and assistant nurses quit, giving as reasons changes in their work environment and the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a survey released by the Japanese Nursing Association on Tuesday.
Japan is staring down another critical week of rising COVID-19 cases, as top government officials deferred Friday a decision to extend or expand temporary restrictions on the nation’s Go To Travel campaign before they expire next week.
SEOUL – For most of the year, South Korea has kept its coronavirus numbers so low it was the envy of the world. Now, the country is grappling with the most elusive wave of infections it has seen, just as other nations prepare to roll out vaccinations.
Scientific and public support for the central government’s travel subsidy campaign is waning as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in urban centers throughout the country.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday evening revealed little new information about how his administration will fight to reduce the number of coronavirus patients, instead allotting most of the time during a 50-minute news conference for economic recovery measures and policy interests unrelated to public health.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Tuesday evening that residents in the capital age 65 and over as well as those with pre-existing conditions should refrain from participating in the Go To Travel tourism promotion campaign.
The governor made the announcement shortly after a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.