As of yesterday, the number of coronavirus cases in Yokohama reached a total of 181, with a record 36 new cases reported on April 11. The week of April 6-12 saw 106 new cases, a number 2.6 times greater than the previous week, and demonstrated the extremely high rate of infection.
To reassure our residents, the city expanded the number of lines from six to ten at the “Novel Coronavirus Patient or High-Risk Person Call Center” yesterday. The city will also add 10 extra lines to the “Yokohama Novel Coronavirus Call Center” for 20 total starting on April 17.
Inquiries to the two call centers saw a particularly sharp increase since the state of emergency was declared, and it has been difficult for all callers to get through. We regret any inconvenience caused. Now that the lines have been expanded, please feel free to call for a consultation if you are an individual or business with concerns.
In order to prevent the collapse of the medical system at any cost, the city has directed the Infectious Disease & Medical Coordination Headquarters Y-CERT to full-fledged operation.
In Yokohama, 181 total cases were confirmed as of April 14. Of these, four patients were shown to be seriously ill, while one showed moderate to severe symptoms, 11 had moderate symptoms, and seven had mild to moderate symptoms. With the cooperation of the Yokohama Municipal Citizen's Hospital, Yokohama City Minato Red Cross Hospital, Yokohama City University Hospital, and Yokohama City University Medical Center, the city has secured 500 beds to accommodate patients with moderate or severe cases of the disease.
In addition, the APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower, along with the current Municipal Citizen’s Hospital building, will provide rooms for patients with mild illnesses and asymptomatic patients. The City of Yokohama will continue to work to secure additional facilities to realize the “Kanagawa Model” and prevent any collapse of the medical care system.
Based on the declaration of a state of emergency, many businesses are asked to temporarily close. Especially now, it is critical that the City of Yokohama provide support to its local businesses.
A speedy recovery once the coronavirus has abated also relies on halting the spread of infections and preventing the further loss of life.
I therefore call on all residents once again:
First, do not leave home in general unless it is important or urgent. When you must go out, be careful to avoid any situations involving “closed spaces,” “crowded places,” or “close-contact settings.” Please also make sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
The city’s water, sewage works, garbage collection, subways and buses, and other lifelines will continue to provide reliable service.
There are also no limitations about going out to buy essential items. Please exercise calm judgment, and we ask that you buy only what you need.
Access the City of Yokohama homepage to find a video message from my office as well as other related information.