Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)–Japan Medical Association President Toshio Nakagawa on Wednesday proposed setting up temporary medical facilities for COVID-19 patients as medical care systems across the country are strained due to a surge in infections.
Venues for large-scale events, sports facilities and corporate accommodation facilities should be used to admit moderately ill COVID-19 patients, Nakagawa said at a press conference.
“In areas where infections are surging, moderately ill patients, who used to be hospitalized, are being forced to stay at home,” Nakagawa said, adding that such temporary facilities “should open as early as possible.”
He did not say where and how many such facilities should be set up.
Nakagawa also called on the education ministry to act quickly to protect students from possible clusters of infections after the summer holidays.