- The Japanese government has said it will enhance the medical system to prepare for another possible coronavirus outbreak this winter.
- The medical system will be upgraded this month, allowing for around 37,000 people to hospitals for treatment.
The Japanese government has said it will enhance the medical system to prepare for another possible coronavirus outbreak this winter.
The administration decided on an overview of its strategies for dealing with a sixth wave that could impact the country during a meeting on Friday.
According to the plans, the medical system will be upgraded this month, allowing for around 37,000 people to hospitals for treatment. The statistic is almost 30% higher than it was this summer when the number of cases peaked.
Beginning next month, the government needs to use information technology to make public the number of beds reserved for coronavirus patients at each medical institution and the percentage of those beds that are occupied.
It also intends to begin giving vaccination booster shots to patients who received their second dose more than eight months ago in December. In addition, it plans to make booster shots available at work starting in March of next year.
This year, the government also intends to make oral treatments available to those with minor symptoms. As soon as the therapies are approved, they will send 1.6 million doses to hospitals.
ACCORDING TO THE PROPOSALS, free PCR testing will be offered by March next year for anyone unable to obtain immunizations due to medical reasons. In addition, in the case of an outbreak, prefectures will provide free PCR tests to persons who have no symptoms.
Prime Minister Kishida Fumio believes it’s critical to be prepared for the worst-case scenario of a coronavirus outbreak.
He claims that the government will seek to prevent individuals from becoming dangerously ill by detecting viruses and treating them early with vaccines, virus tests, and oral medications.
Source: NHK World
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