New Infected People “Increased Areas After 4 Consecutive Holidays” Corona Virus Expert Meeting October 13 at 9:58 PM
A meeting of experts advised the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on the new coronavirus was held, and the current status of the infection was evaluated as “in some areas where the number of new infected people has increased since last month’s four consecutive holidays.” It is necessary to find and respond to early signs that lead to the spread of infection nationwide.
At the meeting, experts analyzed the current infection status.
As a result, after the four consecutive holidays that many people have traveled by sightseeing, there are areas such as Hokkaido, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, and Okinawa Prefecture from around the end of last month where the number of new infected people can be seen, and it is evaluated that the infection at the dinner and the workplace seems to have occurred while social activities are activated.
In addition, the number of effective re-productions, which indicates how many people are infected from one infected person, is about 1.1 in Japan, slightly above the “1” that the epidemic is said to be on the way to expansion, and it is particularly important to be careful in Hokkaido and the Kanto region.
The Experts’ Meeting calls for an early response system, as the number of new infected people worldwide continues to spread to more than 2 million people per week, and as traffic with foreign countries is resuming, appropriate quarantine measures are needed and clusters may occur in local urban entertainment districts and communations.
Mr. Takaji Waida said, “We need to find and respond to early signs that could lead to a nationwide spread of infection.”
Analysis of cases of infection in restaurants, coffee shops, etc.
At a meeting of experts admoning the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on the 13th, a team from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases reported the results of an analysis of past cases of infection at “general dinners” such as restaurants and coffee shops, rather than drinking.
In the case where customers and clerks were infected at restaurants, in addition to the customer who was sitting at a distance close to the same counter as the infected person, the clerk who was in charge of serving the customers was infected, but the clerk who was cooking nearly 2 meters away over the counter was not infected.
In addition, in the case where an infected mother ate at a restaurant with two children and an nephew, the nephew sitting across the table was infected.
At this time, the mother was allowed to eat side dishes to the child using her spoon, which is that there is a possibility that it was infected by sharing a spoon.
On the other hand, there were cases where the infection did not spread.
In the dining room of the elderly facility, I sat at the same table as the infected person, but I didn’t sit face to face, I sat diagonally opposite and was eating about 80 centimeters away, and the infection didn’t spread.
Sitting diagonally across the street may have prevented the infection.
Based on the analysis of these cases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases proposed that, in addition to general measures such as washing hands and employee health management, customers should be able to secure physical distance as much as possible in the same group, wear masks at times other than when eating, such as ordering food or having a post-meal conversation, and not sharing chopsticks or spoons.