To residents of Yokohama.
This is Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all residents for their cooperation in helping prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Starting June 1, with preventive measures in place, public facilities have reopened in stages, and the international contemporary art exhibition "Yokohama Triennale 2020" was among the first in the world to open. Sports games, concerts, and other events are also gradually resuming in the city.
While new cases continue to be reported nationwide, Yokohama' s new cases totaled 127 last week. Of the 67 patients currently hospitalized, 51 show mild or no symptoms, and make up 76% of the total. There are 3 patients with severe symptoms, and 13 with moderate symptoms. Though the number of cases continues to rise, the city maintains sufficient capacity, with 500 treatment beds for moderate or severe cases, and 2,640 beds secured in the prefecture for milder cases.
Recently, we have seen a trend of new cases among people in their 40s and older with more household and workplace infections. Also, many infections have been thought to spread when masks were removed to talk at meals. When dining with others, please choose restaurants with preventive measures, and help prevent infection via droplets by refraining from dining in large groups or raising your voice.
This August, I am sure many people will go out or travel. Once again, we ask everyone to take precautions against infection: wash your hands often, wear a mask, and avoid the "three C' s."
I urge you to stay vigilant against infection as you go about your daily lives.
Response measures to COVID-19 are expected to continue for some time.
In addition to enhancing our PCR testing capacity, the City of Yokohama is providing subsidies for businesses to invest in preventive measures.
We will continue to work with the national and prefectural governments and medical institutions to ensure preventive measures are in place. We will also support local businesses to revitalize socio-economic activity and protect the livelihoods of our residents.