A new type of corona whose peak of infection is still invisible.
On the 19th, 66,745 infections were announced nationwide.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced that it has confirmed that 11,018 new people have been infected in Tokyo.
It is the 8th consecutive day that the number of confirmed infections exceeds 10,000 in Tokyo.
Fukui Prefecture has reached a record high.
Under these circumstances, medical institutions are increasing the burden.
“1.7 times” two weeks ago Requests for home visits nationwide
As the infection with the new coronavirus spreads rapidly again, the number of requests to doctor groups who visit at night and on holidays has increased 1.7 times compared to two weeks ago, and the percentage of patients who test positive has exceeded half, doctors. The group is calling for thorough basic infection control measures.
According to the "cold doctor" who makes home visits by doctors registered at night and on holidays, the number of home visit requests from patients complaining of fever etc. increased sharply from the end of last month, and in the week until the 17th, it increased to 1.7 times that of 2 weeks ago. I did.
The "positive rate," which indicates the percentage of patients who test positive, is 51%, which is 18 points higher than two weeks ago, which is more than half.
In addition, among the patients who are judged to be positive, those under 10 years old account for 30% of the total, which is the largest number.
The group of doctors was busy responding during the three consecutive holidays until the 18th, and among them, a 3-year-old boy living in Tokyo who visited the hospital on the 16th of this month at the request of his family had symptoms of fever and coughing of 38 degrees. As a result of the test, it was positive.
In addition, in the younger generation from teens to 30s, infections of people who have not been vaccinated for the third time are conspicuous.
A man in his thirties who lived in Tokyo and had a positive test for a home visit due to coughing and other symptoms on the 16th of this month had not been vaccinated for the third time.
Dr. Koji Maruyama, who was in charge of the home visit, said, "Infection is spreading mainly among the younger generation, but there are also situations where the doctor who corresponds to the patient is infected or becomes a close contact and can not work. , I want you to thoroughly implement basic infection control measures again. "
A man in his thirties living in Tokyo had a fever of 38 degrees and symptoms of coughing on the 16th of this month, so he asked a cold doctor to visit him.
When the doctor visited the doctor, he used an antipyretic and his fever had dropped to the 36 degree level, but he had a feeling of malaise, and when he was examined, it was confirmed to be positive.
On the other hand, since there was no problem with the oxygen level in the blood of men and there was no suspicion of pneumonia, the doctor judged that it was in the mild range and ordered home medical treatment.
The man has not been vaccinated for his third time.
A 3-year-old boy living in Tokyo had a fever of 38 degrees and symptoms of coughing on the 16th of this month, so his family asked a cold doctor to visit him.
Upon examination by a visiting doctor, the fever had dropped to the 37 degree range and there was no suspicion of pneumonia, but the lymph nodes in his neck were swollen.
The boy underwent a PCR test and was prescribed antipyretics and coughing medications until the next day's results, but the next day he was confirmed positive.
Some medical institutions have difficulty accepting ambulance transportation
The infection of the new coronavirus "7th wave" has spread rapidly, and emergency hospitals in Tokyo are flooded with patients suspected of having corona, and only about half of the patients who have been requested are accepted. ..
It is expected that the number of patients with heat stroke will increase due to the severe heat, and doctors in the field are raising a sense of crisis that the acceptance of not only corona but also general emergency patients is becoming more difficult.
Minamitama Hospital, a designated secondary emergency hospital in Hachioji, Tokyo, has secured 23 beds exclusively for the new corona and has been dealing with patients up to moderate illness.
The corona sickbed was rarely used earlier this month, but since last week the number of patients being transported to the emergency room on suspicion of corona has surged and was almost filled by the end of last weekend.
In addition, during the three consecutive holidays, due to the flood of patients, we closed a part of another ward and increased it to 31 beds at the time of the sickness, but it soon filled up and it is difficult to accept more corona patients. ..
In addition, many patients are transported on suspicion of heat stroke, and it is difficult to distinguish symptoms such as fever and malaise, so we are taking thorough infection control measures, but there is not enough space to isolate them at once. The number of patients that can be treated is limited.
Hospitals usually accept more than 90% of the emergency patients who receive the request, but now that there are not enough beds, about half of them, including general emergency patients, have to decline.
Deputy Director Hiroshi Seki, who is in charge of the emergency department, said, "While there is a tendency for young people to get injured in addition to heat stroke in the summer, the peak of infection has not yet reached, so it is expected that the acceptance of emergency will become even more severe. In this infection situation, employees are also infected by their families, and the number of people who can work is decreasing, and we are in a critical situation. "
Bed usage rate in Tokyo continues to rise to over 40%
In Tokyo, the bed usage rate for patients with the new corona is rising, and the breaking news on the 19th exceeded 40% to 40.5%.
The bed usage rate, which was 18.9% as of the 1st of this month, continued to rise.
After that, the number of beds was increased by 2000 and expanded to about 7,000, and although it decreased once, it increased again due to the rapid spread of infection.
The bed usage rate in Tokyo rose to nearly 60% when it was the highest in the 6th wave.
On the other hand, the bed usage rate for critically ill patients based on the characteristics of the Omicron strain was 36.3% at the peak, but it is 11.2% as of the 19th.