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Experts panel to urge maintaining vigilance for at least a year

  • May 1, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Sankei
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Mainichi and Sankei front-paged articles saying that the GOJ’s taskforce on the coronavirus outbreak comprising epidemiologists and other public health professionals plans to release a set of recommendations today. The panel is expected to urge the central government to keep certain measures in place for at least a year based on the assessment that infections will continue to occur for a while. The taskforce is set to warn that if the present strict regulations on people’s movements are lifted, the epidemic curve will begin to swell again. The experts will reportedly underscore the importance of reducing social contact as much as possible given that hospital capacity is still overloaded. They will also call for a rapid expansion of PCR diagnostic testing and swift reconstruction of the healthcare system. 

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