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Asymptomatic patients to be hospitalized only if elderly or vulnerable

  • September 19, 2020
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Saturday’s Asahi reported that the MHLW has decided to revise the existing government ordinance so that COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms will be hospitalized only if they are 65 years or older, have preexisting conditions, or are deemed to require hospitalization by local governors. Noting that medical institutions would be inundated with people who need to undergo testing in the event of a “twindemic” of the coronavirus and seasonal influenza, the daily wrote that the Health Ministry has also decided not to require medical institutions to report PCR testing results to public health centers if they are negative in order to reduce the burden on medical facilities. Asahi added that although tracking the positivity rate will be difficult if the negative test results are not reported, the ministry is planning to use different methods. Yomiuri and Sankei carried similar reports.

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