Coronavirus spreading within families, medical system needs improvement: Tokyo gov’t

TOKYO — More than one in three traceable coronavirus infections in Tokyo in August came via households, data reported at a metropolitan government monitoring meeting on Sept. 3 showed.
Altogether, 35.7% whose infection routes were known contracted the virus from other family members in the same home in August, compared to 19.1% in July. Some pointed out the need to lay out measures to prevent infections from spreading within households.
The metropolitan government’s analysis deemed infections to be “further spreading” — the highest of four levels continuing from the week before. There were an average of 183.1 newly infected people per day in the most recent week up to Sept. 2 — some 40 people fewer than during the previous week.
Though the number of new cases and patients with unknown infection routes appear to be declining, the analysis indicated a need for strict vigilance against resurgences.
The severity level for the capital’s medical system remains at the second-to-highest level, indicating that the system needs to be strengthened. Though the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients stood at less than 1,500 people for the first time in about three weeks, the analysis deemed that people must be wary of resurgences of the virus and that the medical system is facing a prolonged burden.
Of those who took polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, 3.8% tested positive — roughly 1 percentage point lower than the week before. Tokyo Medical Association vice chair Masataka Inokuchi said, “When resuming economic activities, there is a risk of an increase in the chances of infection. From the view of preventing a further spread of infections, we must consider taking measures such as conducting PCR tests on people including those without symptoms at elderly care facilities and elsewhere.”
(Japanese original by Koichi Uchida, City News Department)
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