Regarding the status of the influenza epidemic, the number of patients reported per medical institution in the week ending on the 22nd of this month was 9.59 nationwide, approaching the "warning level" of 10, which is likely to cause a major epidemic in the future. I'm here.

According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and other sources, the number of influenza patients reported by approximately 5,000 medical institutions nationwide in the week ending on the 22nd of this month was 47,366, 1.30 times the previous week.

The number of patients per week per medical institution is 9.59, which is close to the "warning level" of 10, which is said to be the risk of a major epidemic occurring within the next four weeks. is approximately 287,000.

Of these, 38.77 were in Okinawa Prefecture, exceeding the "warning level" level of 30 people, which is said to be a large epidemic continuing from the previous week, and the prefecture has issued an "influenza warning".

In addition, 12 prefectures have exceeded the "alert level" of 10 people, with

20.59 in Fukuoka,

20.46 in Osaka,

and 17.59 in Miyazaki

, increasing mainly in Kyushu and Kansai. increase.

Professor Kazuhiro Tateda of Toho University, who is knowledgeable about infectious diseases, said, "Influenza epidemics are expected to spread nationwide in the future. Fortunately, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus is on a downward trend, and we have avoided overlapping peaks. I want people to be fully aware that the coronavirus and influenza are lurking around us, and take thorough infection control measures."