Japan signals chance of rolling back controversial COVID hospital policy

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By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s health minister on Wednesday signalled the government may consider rolling back a controversial new policy asking COVID-19 patients with less serious symptoms isolate at home rather than going to the hospital. The comment, which came amid rising criticism over the policy, underscores Tokyo’s struggle in dealing with a spike in Delta variants that is overshadowing the Olympic Games. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday only COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so will be hospitalised, while others isolate at …

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