Japan’s National Center for Global Health and Medicine says an increasing percentage of people are dying after developing moderate symptoms of COVID-19. It also says many of them had pre-existing conditions that worsened after they became infected.
Three new clusters were confirmed. There were 36 people at a facility for people with disabilities in Ichihara City, 9 people at a facility for the elderly in Isumi City, and 12 people at a facility for people with disabilities in Tako City.
An ambulance crew in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, returned an injured man to the scene of a traffic accident and left him there after a hospital refused to accept him because he had tested positive for the coronavirus, the city’s fire department told the Mainichi Shimbun on Aug. 12.
As the spread of the new coronavirus continues, medical teams have been dispatched to facilities for people with disabilities, where normal infection control measures are difficult, such as being unable to wear masks, and efforts have begun to provide guidance on infection control measures.
The Council for Regulatory Reform has compiled a set of proposals calling for improvements to online medical services and the lifting of a ban on sales of coronavirus antigen test kits at drugstores, aimed at reducing the burden on medical institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues.