Japan's policy to hospitalise only the sickest Covid-19 patients comes under fire

In the current fifth wave of the disease, three Covid-19 patients in Tokyo who were recovering at home have died, including a man in his 30s on Wednesday. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - When Japanese celebrity Makoto Nonomura was diagnosed with Covid-19, the 57-year-old was told to recover at home as doctors assessed that his symptoms were light.

But his condition took a sudden turn for the worse. Mr Nonomura, who voiced the lead character in Studio Ghibli animation Pom Poko (1994) and more recently is a regular on variety shows, is now fighting for his life.

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