Experts: Infection spreading rapidly outside Tokyo
NHK -- Jul 31
An expert advisory panel to Japan's health ministry has warned that coronavirus infections are rapidly picking up in some regional cities.

The panel on Thursday said infections are spreading from Tokyo to regional areas since the lifting of the state of emergency in late May. They said cases are increasing in regional cities, mainly at nightclubs and restaurants that are not likely to be following prevention guidelines.

The panel expressed concern that infections are spreading rapidly in areas including Osaka, Fukuoka and Aichi.

The members pointed out that cases have recently been confirmed at medical institutions and facilities for the elderly.

They said the virus is spreading among middle-aged and elderly people and that seriously ill patients are increasing. They called for urgent measures to reduce new infections to ease the burden on medical staff.

But the experts said that infections at offices, on public transport and in shops are not on the rise. They stressed the importance of ensuring preventive measures including avoiding closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.

31日に始まった政府の新型コロナウイルスの分科会に提出される専門家の提言案が明らかになりました。感染状況の判断にあたって医療提供体制の負荷に関する指標を特に重視する必要があるとしています。  提言案では自治体が感染対策を行う際の指標について、感染状況のレベルを3段階に分けています。現在の感染状況を「レベル1」としたうえで、クラスターが広範囲に発生した状態を「レベル2」、爆発的な感染拡大が起きて医療提供体制が機能不全に陥った状態を「レベル3」としています。現在はガイドラインを順守していない酒類を提供する飲食店への休業要請や人が集まる施設への入場制限などが対策として挙げられています。こうした感染状況の判断にあたっては、医療提供体制の負荷に関する指標を特に重視すべきだと提言しています。
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