Experts Divided on Lowering of COVID-19 Classification in Japan

12 days ago The Japan News

Courtesy of National Institute of Infectious DiseasesThe omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is seen in an electron micrograph. Japan appears to be still far from achieving herd immunity, with the daily number of new COVID-19 deaths remaining high, while the fatality rate among COVID-19 patients is declining. “We cannot deny the possibility of another subvariant emerging, so shifting to Category V this spring would be hasty and dangerous,” Sugaya stressed. Urashima said the government should lower the classification to Category V soon, in order to allow patients to be treated at ordinary hospitals. Meanwhile, an expert panel of the health ministry said last week that lowering the COVID-19 classification is likely to have little impact as COVID-19 activity restrictions have already been lifted significantly in Japan.
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