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Exclusive: Tokyo to use App to check on virus patients staying at home

  • August 17, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 7:34 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 17 (Jiji Press)–The Tokyo metropolitan government will soon introduce a smartphone app to check the health condition of coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms who are staying at home, Jiji Press learned Monday.

 

The shift to an app from telephone calls is aimed at easing growing burdens on public health centers amid the resurgence of coronavirus cases since July in Japan’s capital, metropolitan government officials said.

 

Tokyo has in principle requested patients with mild or no symptoms to stay at designated hotels to rest and recover, saying that they could infect their family members if they stay at home and that their health condition might deteriorate suddenly.

 

In fact, however, many patients choose to stay at home, citing such reasons as child or elderly care. As of Monday, 745 patients were staying at home to rest while 287 patients were resting at hotels.

 

An app has been already in use for hotel stayers, who use it to send twice every day such information as their body temperatures, blood oxygen saturation levels and symptoms they notice. Doctors and nurses stationed at the hotels check the information.

 

The metropolitan government will adopt the system for home-staying patients, too, relieving public health center staff from making telephone calls to check how the patients are.

 

“Many people don’t answer the telephone,” a senior metropolitan government official said. “The introduction of an app will help cut the time for the work.”

 

The official emphasized the importance of reducing burdens on people working on the ground, with the government working on the coronavirus crisis for an extended period.

 

 

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