Video message from the Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko to residents regarding COVID-19(2021.4.14)
Last updated date：2021/4/20
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Residents of Yokohama, This is Mayor Hayashi Fumiko.
Starting last month, many prefectures have seen a resurgence in new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. Especially in Osaka and the Kansai region, new cases have risen rapidly, and there are concerns over the effects of variant strains that are more infectious than before. New cases also continue to rise in Tokyo, which followed Osaka in imposing semi-emergency measures. As you can see, new cases in Yokohama for the past week reached 200, an increase compared to March, and the same level as mid-February. A wave of infections in Tokyo will surely reach neighboring Kanagawa as well. With Yokohama’s volume of traffic to and from Tokyo, we must do all we can to prevent a new spread of infections.
The city added 112 personnel and extensively strengthened systems to enhance functionality of health care centers, provide vaccinations, and other medical services. In anticipation of a 4th wave, the city is also reinforcing the medical care system. In addition to the 554 beds for patients testing positive and the 198 for patients with fever or similar symptoms, 173 beds are for patients whose symptoms have improved, for a total of 925 beds secured. If there is another spread of infections, the city will enhance the Y-CERT system to coordinate hospitalizations and sustain the medical care system.
Starting April 12, vaccinations are being administered at long term care facilities. Group vaccinations for elderly residents will begin at 19 venues starting May 19. Residents can make appointments starting May 3. Additionally, individual vaccinations are scheduled to start in June for elderly residents at around 1,070 local health care facilities. Individual vaccination venues, appointment methods, and other information will be listed on the city website starting in mid-May. Appointments are required in all cases. Vaccine vouchers for making appointments will be mailed out to residents 80 or older starting April 23. Afterwards, notices will be sent to the 75+, 70+, and 65+ age brackets in descending order of age.
I am once again requesting that all residents continue to observe basic infection prevention measures. Please eat together with as few people as possible, and refrain from parties where the risk of infection is high.
We have gained a great deal of know-how from the response measures put in place up to now, and are continuing to make progress. Our success so far is in thanks to the combined efforts of each resident observing preventive measures. I believe we will also overcome this challenging time together.