TOKYO CORONAVIRUS CASES IN EXPLOSIVE SPREAD
Coronavirus cases in the capital are shifting toward a level suggestive of an explosive viral infection spread, according to experts at a Tokyo Metropolitan Government coronavirus monitoring committee convened on Jan. 14 to analyze the present situation, according to Mainichi Shimbun
Officials found that the average weekly number of new infections was some 1.6 times higher than the week before. At alert level four, the state of infections and the state of health services remain at their most serious. If the current pace of new coronavirus infections continues, the capital is estimated after a week to be recording some 2,800 cases a day.
Broken down by route of infection, close to 60% of transmissions are described as taking place at home, while infections from eating out with others rose to 10.8%.
The monitoring committee reported many infections from families coming together for the New Year holiday and related festivities, and among young people eating out together.
Regarding the health system's ability to provide care, the experts said that if infections continue as they have, after a week some 4,600 patients will need hospital beds; outstripping the 4,000 beds secured for hospitalized patients. The metropolitan government is working to obtain more beds.
The National Center for Global Health and Medicine's Disease Control and Prevention Center Director Norio Ohmagari said, "Ordinary medical services are under pressure; it's a deeply serious situation."
Regarding the decision by the Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital to suspend its obstetrics and gynecology examinations and hospitalizations, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike revealed that there would be support for cost discrepancies in childbirth incurred by pregnant patients changing to a new hospital and other expenses.
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