An expert meeting of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare was held to advise on measures against the new coronavirus, and the number of newly infected people continued to decrease nationwide, mainly in metropolitan areas, while it continued to increase in Hokkaido and Okinawa prefectures, such as Tohoku and Kyushu. We analyzed that some areas were above the peak of the sixth wave of infection.

We are calling for vaccinations and tests before traveling and returning home, and for thorough basic measures, as the opportunities for traveling and going out will increase due to the upcoming Golden Week holidays, which may lead to the spread of infection.

At the expert meeting, the current infection status is decreasing nationwide, mainly in metropolitan areas, while it continues to increase in Hokkaido and Okinawa prefectures, and Iwate prefecture, Akita prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Shimane prefecture, Miyazaki prefecture. In the prefecture and Kagoshima prefecture, the weekly average of the number of newly infected people exceeded the peak of "6th wave", and it was analyzed that there is a difference in the infection situation.



By age group, the number of infected people is declining in all age groups, but the rate of decrease is small for teens and younger, and it continues to increase in Hokkaido and Okinawa prefectures.



In addition, it is estimated that the replacement of Omicron strains with "BA.2", which is said to have higher infectivity, has progressed to about 90% nationwide, and it is necessary to be careful because it can be a factor in the increase. bottom.



Regarding the medical situation, while the number of medical treatment and the number of severely ill people are decreasing nationwide, the number of inpatients and bed usage rate remains high in Okinawa Prefecture, which has the highest number of infected people per population. I'm pointing out.



According to the expert meeting, the number of newly infected people continues to be higher than the peak last summer, and the increase in contact with people who do not usually meet during the long holidays can trigger the spread of infection


. When traveling home, receive a third vaccination or test in advance.


▽ Avoid high-risk situations such as crowded places or poorly ventilated areas even at the destination, and refrain from going out if you feel a little sick. We


called for thorough measures such as proper wearing of non-woven masks, hand washing, and avoidance of even one dense mask.



In addition,


▽ I requested that I keep in mind physical condition management when commuting to work or school after the Golden Week holidays.

Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Goto "Differences in the transition of infection status Thorough infection control measures"

At an expert meeting, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Goto commented on the recent infection situation, saying, "The number of newly infected people in the last week has been declining nationwide, but by region, the average number of newly infected people since the end of last year. There is a difference in the transition of the infection situation, such as the fact that some prefectures have exceeded the peak. "



On top of that, "Vaccination on this occasion of consecutive holidays, those who return home should have a third vaccination or examination before that, and again, basics such as wearing a mask, disinfecting hands, ventilation, and avoiding 3 sickness. I would like to ask for your cooperation in thoroughly implementing various infection control measures. "

Chair Wakita "Basic measures to lead a normal social life as much as possible"

At a press conference held after the expert meeting, Chairman Takaji Wakita said, "The current infection situation is a pattern that continues to decrease in metropolitan areas such as Tokyo, and a pattern that continues to increase in Hokkaido and Okinawa. , I think that it can be roughly divided into three patterns that repeat increase and decrease seen in other regions. This situation is caused by various factors such as vaccination rate and differences in measures depending on the region. " I did.



On top of that, regarding how to spend the Golden Week holidays, "Last year's Golden Week holidays were declared a state of emergency in a big city. It is expected that the number of contacts will increase during the Golden Week holidays, but it is not the situation to take strong measures now. I'm thinking. It's an important time to take basic infection control measures, reduce the risk, and lead a normal social life as much as possible. I heard that free inspections will be expanded at stations and airports, so such an opportunity It is also important to take advantage of the drug and to get the third vaccination as much as possible before going on a trip. I think that the rest is to avoid high-risk places such as avoiding Golden Week. " ..

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