Japan's health minister says local governments should consider asking people with mild symptoms of the coronavirus to self-isolate at their homes or in hotels.
Kato Katsunobu told reporters on Friday that the ministry will allow local governments to decide whether people with mild or no symptoms should be hospitalized. It wants to give priority to seriously ill patients in Tokyo and other areas where the number of cases is rapidly increasing.
Sources familiar with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's health policy say officials are working to secure hotels for currently hospitalized coronavirus patients whose symptoms are mild.
The sources say doctors will be at the hotels to monitor patients. They add that patients will be hospitalized again if their symptoms worsen.
By Miho Saeki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterBeverages, sweets and other products flavored with hojicha, or Japanese roasted green tea, have become a common sight in stores these days.
Hojicha's mild flavor and aroma have brought new popularity to existing products. Increasing health consciousness among consumers has also fueled the trend.