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A COVID-19 patient in his fifties who was staying at the recuperation facility prepared by Kanagawa Prefectural Government passed away on December 11 although he had no underlying diseases. I express my deep regret over the death and offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.
It is extremely regrettable that the patient died during the recuperation period. I have to say that there was a failure in the response of the prefectural government in that its system did not work properly to connect the patient in the facility to a doctor or medical institution. Please accept my sincere apologies.
The prefectural government started what it can do right away for improvement, such as increasing frequency of safety confirmation in addition to daily observation of health conditions of patients.
We take what happened seriously for reflection, and examine what was wrong with our response to ensure an environment where patients at the facilities or home can concentrate on recovery free from concern.
New cases of COVID-19 infection exceeded 200 a day consecutively in Kanagawa Prefecture. On the 11th, the number hit the record high of 285. There is no sign of improvement in the situation. The medical institutions in Kanagawa reviewed the criteria for hospital admission, but the tight situation still remains.
Even if we can manage the present situation, in case we have more COVID-19 patients, it may be difficult for hospitals to accept emergency patients suffering from injuries or other illness.
We cannot overcome the novel coronavirus pandemic unless we take this situation as our own matter. Don’t think that COVID-19 is someone else’s problem. Don’t think that you won’t be infected. If you don’t change your behavior, you may not be able to receive necessary treatment in the year-end and New Year period. Please have a sense of crisis as it may become a reality.
To urge understanding and change in behavior, I ask you the following based on item 9, Article 24 of the Act on Special Measures.
[To business operators]
[To prefectural citizens]
[Year-end and New Year holidays]
Try to reduce contacts with others during the year-end and New Year holidays.
Medical professionals are working hard to protect people’s lives from the novel coronavirus through the holiday period. The prefectural government immediately starts considering a program to offer financial compensation for cooperation to the medical institutions that will accept patients during the holidays. To stop the surge in infection in Kanagawa as soon as possible, a united effort by all of us is required.
December 15, 2020
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture