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Limiting the Hospitalization to Elderly and Others – Government to Revise Ordinance for Designated Infectious Diseases.

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【Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare】
Limiting the Hospitalization to Elderly and Others – Government to Revise Ordinance for Designated Infectious Diseases

October 20th, 2020

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is revising the ordinance to make COVID-19 as a designated infectious disease and is adapting the measure to limit the hospitalization to the elderly, 65 years and older, and those patients with chronic diseases starting on the 24th.  Currently, the hospitalization measure is taken even for patients with minor symptoms and patients with no symptoms, but they considered avoiding the tense, critical situation in the medical field. As of the 14th, the revised ordinance will be issued and, at the same time, they requested the prefectures to inform medical and other institutions.

Those eligible for the counsel and measure of hospitalization are COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe symptoms as well as elderly patients, 65 years and older, with respiratory diseases, patients with chronic diseases such as kidney diseases, diabetes, and such, patients with immune depression, and pregnant women. Those who have been deemed by either the doctor or the prefectural governor to need hospitalization are also included.

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