Hospitals Approach the Limit in Tokyo due to the Increasing Coronavirus Cases

The Japanese capital authorities indicated that the tension in its health system is severe, while new daily records of infections are reported.

The Japanese capital was on Thursday at the highest level of alert in its health care system, coinciding with a new daily record of cases of covid-19, which like the rest of the country, is suffering the onslaught of the third wave of the pandemic of coronavirus.

As reported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, this Thursday, 822 daily cases of coronavirus contagion were registered, for the first time above the 800 infected and above the 678 recorded this Wednesday. At the national level, all the previous marks were also surpassed. Late into the night, Japan registered more than 3,200 cases this Thursday, according to a still partial count by the public television network NHK based on official data from the different regions.

In order to stop the spread of Covid-19, the Tokyo authorities chose to raise their health care system to the first of four alert levels, for the first time since the pandemic broke out. The decision was adopted based on the recommendations of a panel of experts who see the danger of a hospital crisis breaking out as the number of people infected by the new coronavirus progressively increases.

Vacant Hospitals Beds Decline 

At a meeting of the coronavirus surveillance committee, a senior health official said it had become difficult to accommodate the care of COVID-19 patients with the rest as hospital beds were filled, assigning a red alert for the first time in terms of medical preparedness.

Today, the Tokyo authorities said that the number of infected in serious condition reached 66 people this Thursday, down from 78 last Tuesday, but still far from the daily record of 105 recorded on April 28 and 29.

 At a press conference, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike revealed that 16 of the 21 people who died this week from Covid-19 were over 70 years old. "We are taking steps to protect not only the life of each person but also the lives of those around us," he added.

Celebrations should Not Spread the Coronavirus

The governor called for extreme precautions as the New Year's Eve celebrations approach and called on those in charge of stores to reduce the opening hours from this Friday until January 11. He also asked Tokyoites to work staggered hours and try not to take vacation days simultaneously. "New Year's Eve is coming ... but don't use it as an opportunity to spread the infection," Koike said.

Tokyo and the rest of Japan entered a state of health emergency on April 7 due to the pandemic's galloping spread, and the emergency measure ended on May 25 when fears that hospitals would collapse were reduced.

The country suffered a second wave of covid-19 in August, but the third is generating a much higher number of people infected by the pandemic, which throughout Japan has caused 2,768 deaths to date since the first case was known on 16 last January.