All national papers took up a projection made on Thursday by a heath advisory panel for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that the daily tally of new coronavirus cases in the nation’s capital could exceed 10,000 in about two weeks if the current upward trajectory continues. This would mean that one out of every 1,000 Tokyoites would get infected each day. The seven-day rolling average of new cases was 3,443 as of Aug. 4, up 178% from a week ago. Since only 11% of those infected with COVID-19 were hospitalized as of Aug. 4, almost 15,000 of them were forced to isolate at home. The public health experts reportedly underscored that Tokyo’s healthcare system needs to be prepared for an emergency situation in light of the considerable strain being placed on hospitals and medical workers amid the exponential surge in infections.
In a related story, Asahi said many hospitals in Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures are beginning to curtail medical services for non-COVID patients, noting that some intensive care units have been closed and nonessential surgeries have been postponed so as to concentrate medical resources on treating the rapidly increasing number of seriously ill coronavirus patients.