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The so-called seventh wave of infection surge of COVID-19 is continuing.
In Kanagawa Prefecture, too, over 10,000 new cases have been reported daily and medical institutions’ fever clinics are extremely crowded with many people seeking consultation.
The occupancy rate of hospital beds for patients with moderate symptoms has surpassed 80%, and the medical treatment system is becoming overwhelmed. We need to prioritize treatment for patients with higher risks of developing severe symptoms, concentrating the medical resources such as hospital beds and personnel on them.
In addition, it is also important to decrease new infections by thorough anti-infection measures taken by each of us.
In response to the designation by the national government as the newly formed “region of intensive measures against BA. 5”, Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) issued “Kanagawa declaration of intensive measures against BA. 5” today.
We would like to make the following requests to the prefectural citizens and business operators again in this regard.
[Take thorough infection prevention measures]
[Use voluntary recuperation/notification system]
Aiming to cope with the pandemic with the entire medical community of the prefecture, K.P.G. is requesting medical institutions that are not accepting infected outpatients/inpatients to take in these patients, even a few. We will strengthen the medical treatment provision system as much as possible together with the organizations concerned.
For wider use of the voluntary recuperation/notification system that K.P.G. started earlier than any other prefectures, we are working on the national government, etc. to stabilize distribution of antigen test kits necessary for self-testing. We are also distributing antigen test kits at medical institutions, pharmacies, governmental agencies, etc. to people who suspect infection and wish to start voluntary recuperation. We will do our utmost to focus our limited medical resources on people with high risks of developing severe symptoms.
With the concerted effort of the citizens, business operators, medical institutions, etc. in the prefecture, we will overcome this difficulty. I ask for your continued understanding and cooperation.
August 2, 2022
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture