The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced on May 12 that the number of coronavirus patients who were convalescing at home as of May 7 was 957 people nationwide, down by approximately half from the previous survey on April 28 when it was 1,984. The number of people staying in hotels or facilities for patients with mild symptoms was 872, around the same level as in the previous survey. As more patients are discharged from hospitals and the overall number of patients drops, the proportion of patients in facilities instead of their own homes has increased.
The MHLW surveyed the situation of patients who were convalescing as of midnight on May 7. Excluding patients who had completed treatment, there were 6,697 people who were infected with the coronavirus, down by 2,014 from the previous survey. As of May 7, 4,449 people were hospitalized, with 341 in serious condition.
The MHLW policy for those patients with mild or no symptoms is that they should stay at designated facilities instead of their own homes if they are hospitalized. The policy is intended to prevent the spread of infection in people’s homes and to be prepared for a sudden worsening of patients’ conditions. A MHLW official says that [the figures indicate that] patients are gradually transitioning to facilities.
The prefectures with the highest number of patients convalescing at home are as follows (figures in parenthesis indicate those from previous survey): Tokyo, 312 people (635); Kanagawa, 74 people (251); Saitama, 131 people (354); Osaka,111 people (332).