What it would mean for Japan to downgrade its COVID classification

As hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed with people wanting to be tested or treated for COVID-19 amid a sharp rise in cases, calls are growing again to downgrade the disease from a similar level to the category. strict Class II to something closer to Class V, which includes seasonal influenza.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said late last month that while he does not plan to downgrade the classification while the virus spreads, he will consider it at a later date after consulting with experts, reports indicating that his administration could indeed make that decision once. the current wave is subsiding.

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