Sense of crisis at expert meeting where “normally saved lives can’t be saved” November 25 at 12:18 AM
A meeting of experts advising the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on measures against covid-19 was held, and he expressed a strong sense of urgency, saying that the number of hospitalized and critically ill people continues to increase in various places, and that “if the situation continues as it is, lives that can normally be saved will not be saved.”
In areas where it is becoming difficult to provide medical care, such as Sapporo City and Asahikawa City in Hokkaido, stronger measures are required, such as reducing contact opportunities.
At the meeting, discussions were held on the latest infection status, and following the previous meeting on The 19th of this month, the two ministers assessed that “there has been a significant increase, particularly in Hokkaido, the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Kansai region, and the Chubu region.”
The “effective number of re-productions”, which is an indicator of the status of infection, shows how many infections spread from a person infected to an infected person.
The level exceeding “1”, which is said to be spreading, continues through through the country,
In Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo Prefectures, the pace of infection spread exceeding “2” is increasing,
In Hokkaido, Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture, etc., it exceeds “1”, and it is said that the infection is spreading.
Expert meetings are a factor in the spread of infection
Basic infection control is not carried out firmly
Increase in the movement of people,
It is said that the effects of the decrease in temperature are also considered.
As the number of hospitalized patients and the number of critically ill people continue to increase, there are cases where it is forced to limit the accepting of scheduled surgeries and emergency services, and he expressed a strong sense of crisis with the expression that “it is beginning to become difficult to balance the treatment of the Corona Virus with normal medical care in various places, and if the situation continues as it is, the life that can be saved will not normally be saved”.
On that basis, the subcommittee proposed to the government and local governments on The 20th of this month.
Review the operation of the “Go To Campaign”,
Shortening of business hours,
It is said that it is required to promptly implement measures such as requests for self-restraint of movement.
In addition, areas such as Sapporo City and Asahikawa City in Hokkaido, where it is becoming difficult to provide medical care, are required to take stronger measures, such as reducing contact opportunities.
Mr. Takashi Wakita, Chair, commented, “We are analyzing the infection situation, including these three consecutive holidays, but there has been no improvement. At the meeting, there were reports of screams from the harsh medical scene. Since it takes time to treat critically ill people, once it increases, the burden on the medical field continues without decreasing easily. In areas where it is becoming difficult to provide medical care, we would like to call for stronger measures.”