Tokyo, April 23 (Jiji Press)–Patients with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus should basically be treated at accommodation facilities, instead of staying at their homes, unless they have good reasons not to do so, such as having children to take care of, a Japanese minister said Thursday.
As the reasons for the request, health minister Katsunobu Kato pointed to the need to prevent the virus from transmitting to family members of such patients and the possibility of the patients’ conditions getting worse suddenly.
Staying at hotels where doctors and nurses are stationed is safer for patients, he told reporters.
Previously, the health ministry said that patients with mild symptoms of the coronavirus should stay at home or be treated at accommodation facilities so as to spare more hospital beds for severely ill patients.
Thirty-two of Japan’s 47 prefectures have already secured or are preparing to secure accommodation facilities for mildly ill patients, according to the ministry.
The ministry is helping local governments secure more such facilities by providing them with relevant guidelines.