The well being ministry will introduce a system for public well being facilities to report coronavirus circumstances on-line as a substitute of by hand-written faxes, telephone or electronic mail — drawing reward from some however scorn from others questioning why it took so lengthy.
Regardless of Japan’s high-tech picture, many companies and authorities places of work nonetheless depend on fax machines, producing paperwork on which officers can stamp their approval with hanko (conventional seals), leaving a paper path.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been selling working from residence to assist gradual the unfold of the coronavirus, has instructed Cupboard ministers to overtake laws and establish burdensome procedures with a view to scrapping or simplifying them.
The well being ministry mentioned on Thursday it might launch the web reporting system from Could 10, and take it nationwide from Could 17, to scale back the burden on well being facilities struggling to take care of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 14,000 confirmed infections and 455 deaths have been recorded nationwide to date, in accordance with NHK.
Abe is anticipated to increase the nationwide state of emergency set to finish Wednesday by a couple of month to battle the lethal virus.
A well being ministry official mentioned the brand new reporting system would profit public well being facilities and increase the effectivity of its information assortment, together with for brand new infections, hospitalizations and extreme circumstances.
Lawmaker Masaaki Taira of the ruling Liberal Democratic Occasion applauded the ministry’s resolution.
“The IT surroundings for public well being had taken a giant step ahead,” Taira mentioned on Twitter.
Others had been much less impressed.
“Sorry, however I can’t say ‘nicely executed’. What had been you doing till now?” mentioned Twitter person mamazon.
“There appear to be a lot of different handwritten faxes. I’m ready till they’re all abolished.”