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15,000+ Covid-19 patients in Japan on waiting list for hospitals and health care accommodations




PHOTO: Kyodo News

Thousands of people in Japan who are infected with Covid-19 are on the waiting list for hospitals or other accommodations for those with the virus due to the rising number of cases. Kyoto News conducted a survey and reports at least 15,058 are on the waiting list for proper treatment and accommodation.

The number of new infections in Japan has been growing sharply since last November. Last Tuesday, Japan saw a rapid increase of new infections, including Tokyo. According to the WHO’s report as of yesterday, Japan recorded 4,587 new cases, 360,661 confirmed cases and 5,019 deaths.

In Japan, local public health officials are in charge of arranging hospital stays and treatment for people infected with the virus as well as the appropriate accommodation for people with mild symptoms. The process of making those arrangements is taking longer, and the newly infected people are forced to stay home because of bed shortages. Some are reported dead in their houses.

A survey by Kyodo News found Tokyo had the most infected people waiting to be hospitalised or accommodated at other facilities, jumping 4.8 times from 1,563 as of December 19 to 7,539. Every prefecture has reported a similar rise.

On January 7, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for 11 prefectures out of a total of 47 prefectures until February 7. Under the state of emergency, people are asked to stay home and restaurants are urged to shorten their opening hours.

SOURCE: Kyodo News


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    Issan John

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Sadly, I can recall some here saying three months ago how Thailand should follow Japan’s example and also start lifing travel and quarantine restrictions.

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      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Japan allowed international travel? You don’t have to quarantine to go to Japan?

      That’s all news to me.

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    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    This is happening in California too. People sick with COVID are evaluated as they come into the hospital. Many are sent home to die. Those that can be saved are admitted and many are on hospital beds in the hallway because there are no rooms to put them in.

    I personally know a few people that refused to wear masks, got sick with COVID and showed up at the hospital and was sent home and died there. They were surprised there was no room for them. A shame because they still had a lot of life left to live but now they’re gone.

    Thailand is lucky they don’t have to go through this. Those that think Thailand should open up to tourists without quarantine to save their tourism sector don’t realize not many would come and they’d very badly hurt the rest of their economy along with their hospital capacity and a lot of death. Or even worse they don’t care.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:07 am

      It’s a tragedy.

      It’s not just the deaths directly from Covid, which at least in the UK are now widely recognised as having been under-reported, but the otherwise avoidable deaths and suffering because hospitals couldn’t treat or test those with cancer or other illnesses whose lives could have been saved.

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      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:03 am

      That’s not what’s happening. Read the article.

      These are mild or asymptomatic cases. In non-thinking Asian countries, asymptomatic people are forced to go to the hospital for 2 weeks. That’s why the hospitals are full… full of people who aren’t sick.

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    P D N

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    If it really is that bad in Japan I would think their government would have done a lot more to contain and reduce it than shorten restaurants opening hours. They only have to look overseas to see that it won’t work, and also see what’s heading their way.

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    Tony Jah

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 3:36 am

    I wonder if it’s illegal immigrants in Japan causing the sharp rise

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    Tokyo is it

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:15 am

    There are many examples that can be followed, some may work out and some may not. Hindsight is marvellous but pointing out something only to try and put down others is neither helpful nor required. Japan will be fine, the people all follow the rules with great respect and dignity. However much we follow the social distancing, mask wearing and washing hands, in winters any respiratory illness will find a way of flourishing a lot more so than in warmer months. Come March their situation will be under greater control. Their country has dealt with the situation a lot better than many other countries.

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    Tofu Man

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Some governments, rather than its public citizens, have a lot to answer for with their decisions in handling the situation which has caused tens of thousands of needless deaths. But i guess being in such power means no liability.

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Good morning english breakfast do anyone know if i can travel to view some land in Chiang Mai or is illegal? I from Petchaburi.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    The effect on those needing hospital treatment that’s not related to Covid is as bad, if not worse, in the UK.

    In November last year 192,162 people in England (each part of the NHS in the UK is independent) had been waiting over a year for hospital treatment; the year before, pre-Covid, it was only 1,398.

    That’s well over one hundred times as bad.

    That’s not the old and infirm, but people with “normal” issues – hip and knee operations, transplants and cancer.

    It’s not just about those dying from Covid – it affects everyone, directly and indirectly.

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    All the more reason to lockdown, even if for a short burst (3 days) to assess the situation. Although I reluctantly say that a 14 to 21 day full lockdown is what will break the cycle. At the moment,I think that full lockdowns are the best way to break the cycle and allow the hospitals to manage coping. Once vaccines are rolled out, in a planned way that protects the most vulnerable,we will see a change…but for now extreme caution….

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    Tokyo is it

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Exactly, the indirect deaths due to bad decisions made for the handling of the pandemic. These deaths will be in the millions worldwide. Nothing to do with a very minor amount of people not following not putting on face masks.

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