Japan Prepares Emergency Plan If Number of Covid-19 Patients Rises

Japan Prepares Emergency Plan If Number of Covid-19 Patients Rises

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday, November 12, 2021, presented a contingency plan to increase the number of beds in hospitals and human resources in the health sector. This plan is to deal with a possible spike in Covid-19 positive cases this winter.

Ummatimes - Japan had previously faced a fifth wave of a deadly coronavirus outbreak that nearly overwhelmed its health system over the past summer. Currently, the number of positive Covid-19 and deaths from Covid-19 has decreased dramatically, following the increase in the number of immunizations for the corona virus vaccine to more than 70 percent of the Japanese population who have injected the Covid-19 vaccine.

Japan relaxed most of its rules to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak last month. But experts warn cases of coronavirus infection are likely to reappear as they did last winter.

Previously, the Japanese government planned to increase hospital bed capacity to around 30 percent. Tokyo also wants to add health care and data collection centers so it can predict which hospitals will be under pressure.

"To be in line with efforts to strengthen the health system, starting in December 2021 we will use the IT system to announce the availability of beds in hospitals and the condition of each hospital," said Kishida.

At the end of last week, Prime Minister Kishida said the AS Card in the government's effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic was the provision of oral care that could prevent Covid-19 patients from being hospitalized. Japan is also willing to pay USD 1.2 billion (Rp 17 trillion) to buy 1.6 million Covid-19 antiviral drugs, namely the pill molnupiravir developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.