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Japan to weigh approaching COVID-19 like the flu

Proposal would aim to ease reporting burden on health care providers

People wearing masks make their way in Tokyo. Japan is now experiencing its seventh wave of the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A Japanese government advisory body will look into recommending a different designation for COVID-19, such as by treating it like the flu, in order to ease disruptions to the health care system.

Japan now counts COVID-19 as separate from its 1-to-5 scale of infectious diseases, assigning it the strictest reporting requirement, public funding for treatment and other measures.

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