Responses to Corona Infection Issues and Reviews to be compiled by the end of this month

Responses to Corona Infection Issues and Reviews to be compiled by the end of this month September 10 at 10:47 p.m.

For people infected with the new coronavirus, we are currently recommending hospitalization under the Infectious Diseases Act and investigating the route of infection for everyone. A meeting of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, where experts will consider issues and reviews of this response, will be held, and future policies will be compiled by the end of this month.
Since February, the government has been conducting surveys on new coronavirus infections as “designated infectious diseases,” such as hospitalization recommendations for infected people and the route of infection for all, but due to the large number of people with asyngest symptoms and mild conditions, it has become a challenge for medical institutions and public health centers to conduct surveys to be burdened.

A working group of experts was set up at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to review these current issues and future responses, and the first meeting was held on October 10.

At the meeting, the government’s response headquarters indicated a direction to focus on responding to the severely ill, and in principle, people with mild or asymanic symptoms exchanged opinions on what to consider when recuperating at the facility or at home, and how to respond to patients who have a fever or cough that is difficult to tell when they are prevalent at the same time as influenza.

The working group is expected to summarize its policy on how to respond in the future by the end of this month, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare wants to start operating with the new policy early next month.

Mr. Atsushi Kato, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, “I want to draw a conclusion as soon as possible.”

At the beginning of the first meeting, Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Kato said, “From the viewpoint of the need to reduce the burden on medical institutions and public health centers, it is necessary to consider reviewing the Cabinet Order, including more detailed provisions on specific measures that can be taken, rather than canceling the provision of “designated infectious diseases.” I would like to draw a conclusion as soon as possible, looking ahead to the flu epidemic.”