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Definition of “seriously ill patients” differs among prefectures

  • August 19, 2020
  • , Fuji TV
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Fuji TV reported on the finding that while some local municipalities follow the standards set by the central government when defining COVID-19 patients as “seriously ill,” others do not follow the GOJ-set standards. According to the network, the MHLW is calling on municipalities to count COVID-19 patients who are being treated in the ICU, are on ventilators, or are on ECMO machines as “seriously ill” patients. However, the broadcaster learned on Tuesday that prefectures such as Tokyo, Ibaraki, Kyoto, and Fukuoka are not counting ICU patients who are not on ventilators or ECMO machines as seriously ill patients. The network added that Tokyo and Ibaraki prefectures explained that they are not following the GOJ standards because patients with minor symptoms are sometimes treated in the ICU.

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