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Kanagawa Gov. apologizes for error in reporting woman died at home after hospital rejection

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government headquarters in Yokohama's Naka Ward (Mainichi/Akihiko Yamamoto)

YOKOHAMA -- The governor of Kanagawa Prefecture has corrected the prefectural government's Aug. 15 announcement that a COVID-19 patient in her 90s died at home a day after an ambulance crew was unable to find a hospital to accept her, saying she was in fact transported to a hospital.

    At a regular press conference on Aug. 16, Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa announced that the woman was actually transported to a hospital on Aug. 8, examined by a doctor, and returned home. She died the next day.

    Kuroiwa apologized, saying, "The number of infected people increased, causing confusion in the (medical) field, and we released incorrect information. I apologize for that."

    Based on a report from the Kamakura Public Health Center, which learned of the woman's situation, the prefectural government announced that "the woman was picked up by an ambulance, but the crew could not find a hospital able to take her, so she was forced to return home, where she died the following day." The prefectural government will investigate the details of the case.

    According to the prefectural government, the woman, a resident of the city of Kamakura, developed a fever and a cough on Aug. 8. She was confirmed infected with the coronavirus by an antigen test conducted by her family doctor. The next day, a family member living with her found she was not breathing, and she was later confirmed dead.

    (Japanese original by Masakatsu Oka, Yokohama Bureau)

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