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No. of seriously ill COVID-19 patients in 50s surges in Tokyo

  • July 15, 2021
  • , Sankei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients in their 50s has increased in Tokyo since late June and accounts for roughly 30% of all coronavirus patients in critical condition, making them the largest age group among that category of patients. Also, COVID-19 patients in their 50s are the largest age group receiving treatment at hospitals, accounting for about 20% of the total. There is an emerging trend that was not seen when Japan was hit by the third wave of the epidemic at the beginning of this year and the fourth wave in spring. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government calls the problem “the 50s issue” and is planning to preferentially vaccinate people in their 50s, when many of them start to suffer from underlying conditions.


According to data released by the metropolitan government, people in their 70s were the largest group of patients in serious condition and accounted for some 40% of the total in mid-January, when the number of seriously patients reached a record 160 due to the third wave. People in their 60s accounted for roughly 30% of the total and those in their 50s accounted for about 10%. When Tokyo was hit by the fourth wave in mid-May, when there were 86 seriously ill patients, people in their 60s and 70s accounted for approximately 30% of the total and people in their 50s accounted for about 20%. Since the beginning of July, the [daily] number of severely ill patients remains between 50 and 69. But as of July 13, people in their 50s and 70s are the largest groups of people in serious condition, accounting for about 30% of the total, or 17 patients each. This indicates the percentage is higher than that of people in their 60s. The number of seriously ill people in their 50s hit 23 on July 7, a record high this year. That is more than the number recorded when the fourth wave hit and accounts for less than 40% of total patients. (Abridged)

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