January 21 Recently, the COVID-19 epidemic in Japan has continued to spread. The business of many medical institutions has not kept pace with the sharp increase of patients.
Many patients died at home while waiting for hospital beds. Recently, a male patient under the age of 60 was diagnosed by the hospital that he could be recuperated at home, but he died at home while waiting for the hospital bed.
According to a report by Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun on the 21st, it has been two weeks since Japan issued emergency declarations to 1 capital and 3 prefectures (Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures), but the number of coronavirus patients is still soaring.
At a press conference held on the 20th, Chiba Prefecture announced a case of coronavirus death, a man under the age of 60.
In mid-January, he had a fever of 38 degrees, accompanied by cough and other symptoms, and was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The medical institution initially diagnosed that he could recuperate at home. However, after eight days of rest at home, his symptoms continued to worsen, but he could not wait for the hospital bed, and finally died at home on the 18th.
Matoshi Watanabe, the Minister of Health and Medical Affairs of Chiba Prefecture, said: “Although we tried our best to arrange a hospitalization for him, it failed to happen in the end. We tried our best.”
A similar case occurred in Hiroshima Prefecture last December (2020).
A man in his 60s old with a basic disease died at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The man was informed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus on December 13 and went to the doctor on the 14th.
But the hospital saw that he could walk by himself, and the diagnosis said that “no hospitalization is necessary to see his current state.” The man went home the same day to wait for a hospital bed, but died at home on the 15th.
“It’s important to be aware of the changes in the body of patients who are convalescent at home,” said the director of Hiroshima Prefecture.
For several days, the county health center has seen cases that although the patient has been under health observation, but there is still no life-saving. According to Japanese media, even if the coronavirus patients are mild, their condition may suddenly deteriorate.
In the first and second waves of the epidemic in Japan, the daily death toll fluctuated around 20 to 30. However, from around December 2020, the number of deaths in a single day gradually increased, and by January 19, it exceeded 100 per day for the first time.
In addition, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said on the 18th that the mutant novel coronavirus found in the United Kingdom may be spreading in Japanese communities.