Tokyo: The number of patients designated as having severe symptoms as a result of COVID-19 reached a fresh record high of 1,189 on Wednesday, rising by 13 compared to the previous day’s record, the health ministry said.
The latest data regarding critically ill patients who typically require hospitalization and the assistance of ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines have more than tripled over the past month, the ministry said recently.
Wednesday’s figure, which has stayed above the 1,000-mark since April 30, according to the health ministry, also coincides with the nation’s third state of emergency being expanded to cover Fukuoka and Aichi prefectures, along with Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto prefectures already under a state of emergency.
The deadline for the lifting of the state of emergency has been extended to the end of the month, with rumors swirling that it could be extended further, according to informed sources.
This is due to the third state of emergency, which was declared as the nation is currently in the grip of the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, showing little signs of fading and being described by local governors as “toothless,” with highly contagious virus variants spreading unabated, according to some government officials