Residents of Yokohama:
This is Mayor YAMANAKA Takeharu.
Once again, we’ve reached the end of the year. Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases has remained at a safe level without any large increases. However, there is a possibility that community spread of the Omicron variant has started in Yokohama, bringing us a strong sense of an impending crisis.
In order to address this danger, in addition to the national government’s border control measures, the City of Yokohama will move forward with the early provision of booster shots at nursing care facilities. We plan to conduct vaccinations at 14 facilities within the year, and will continue the rollout in the New Year as each facility completes its preparations.
Going forward, in order to ensure that the rollout moves forward swiftly and efficiently, we have requested that the national government provide support for workplace vaccinations and large-scale vaccinations by the Self Defense Force in order to maintain a scale comparable to the first round of vaccinations.
Furthermore, we are working to strengthen the medical system. We have increased the number of beds forCOVID-19 patients to 849, a 24% increase from the 685 beds secured during the fifth wave.
We plan to start initiatives such as online examinations to support patients recovering at home at 14 wards within the year, with the aim of offering support in all 18 wards in January.
During the year-end and New Year holidays, in addition to the Night-time Emergency Medical Centers and Holiday Emergency Clinics in each ward, patients with symptoms such as fevers can be treated at approximately 300 medical facilities in the city. Additionally, the 24-hour Infectious Disease Call Center is available to introduce these facilities, arrange examinations for people who have come in contact with a COVID-19 patient, and offer advice on a variety of topics.
We will make every effort in order to protect residents’ lives and lifestyles from the threat of COVID-19.
During this time of year, there are a lot of opportunities for people to meet and gather, including year-end and New Year parties, meals with friends, and travel. In order to prevent a sudden rebound, each and every individual must play their part to prevent the spread of the virus. I ask that our residents continue basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including wearing a mask, the “3 Cs,” and making sure that indoor spaces are adequately ventilated.
I hope that all of Yokohama’s residents enjoy a healthy holiday season.