Topics : To make room at hospitals for severely ill patients, some local governments have begun monitoring those with milder symptoms in hotels or at their homes – a move that proved fatal for one man in his 50s in Saitama prefecture who died at home on Wednesday while waiting for a hospital bed.Asked about the man’s death, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday the health ministry was working to find out how many COVID-19 patients were being monitored at home.On the Costa Atlantica, 48 positive cases have been found out of 127 people tested so far, bringing the infection rate to 38%. Those showing only mild or no symptoms remain on board, and officials said they hoped to complete testing of all 623 crew this week. The Costa Cruises-operated ship was taken into a shipyard in Nagasaki in western Japan in late February by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after the COVID-19 pandemic had scuttled plans for scheduled repairs in China.The latest cases have raised concern about the potential impact on Nagasaki residents after revelations some crew had left the restricted area despite assurances from the ship operator that they would stay within the wharf, according to Nagasaki officials.Authorities are also concerned about the potential rise in patients who require hospitalization, as an increase in domestic coronavirus cases strain medical services around the country.Japan has seen more than 11,500 infections and close to 300 deaths from the new coronavirus, excluding figures from the Diamond Princess. Nearly 50 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs in Japan’s Nagasaki have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising concern about the strain on the city’s hospitals if conditions worsen for those infected.Results on Thursday showed 14 more aboard, all either cooks or those serving food, were infected with the virus, an official in Nagasaki prefecture said. One patient who had been taken to hospital previously was now in a serious condition and on a ventilator, he told a live-streamed news conference.The Costa Atlantica infections come after the cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama two months ago, where more than 700 passengers and crew were found to be infected, although this time only crew members were on board.
Substitute Shane Long’s 91st-minute strike at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening denied leaders Poland victory and secured a 1-1 draw and a potentially precious point for the Republic. It was the third time in five games to date in the qualifying programme that Martin O’Neill’s men had struck a blow in the dying embers, with John O’Shea snatching a draw in Germany in October last year with a 94th-minute effort after Aiden McGeady’s last-minute winner in Georgia a month earlier. The Republic were less than impressive before the break as they struggled to gain a foothold in the game, and it was not until Hoolahan was moved from his number 10 role to the left flank, in the process freeing up Jon Walters to join Keane in attack, that the tide changed. Keane said: “We maybe showed them a little bit too much respect. We dropped off a little bit too much. But then you see the difference in the second half. Full credit to the players – we showed a lot of character, a lot of heart. “You saw the desperation for us to get back into that game and, thankfully, we did. We were unlucky a couple of times just before that. If we’d have got the early goal, I think we would have put a lot of pressure on them and I think we probably would have gone on and nicked it.” The draw leaves Ireland still three points adrift of Poland and two behind both Germany and Scotland, the latter of whom who head for the Aviva Stadium in June, and keeper Shay Given, who was recalled to the starting line-up in place of David Forde to win in 128th cap, is predicting a tight finish to the pool. He said: “It will probably come down to the wire. It will probably come down to the last couple of games. “Had we lost, it would have been a big blow to us, of course, but we have still got a lot of games to go, and who knows what that point is going to do at the end of the campaign? It was a massive point, I think. “It was such a late goal, you probably take it as a point gained. We’ll have belief as well going to Poland, especially from the second-half performance. “They are a good team, but you can get at them. If we can play on the front foot out in Poland as well, then we can cause them some problems. The second-half performance was pretty pleasing and, if we could take that into the Scotland game as well, then I think it will be a big point.” Press Association Robbie Keane has warned the Republic of Ireland’s Group D rivals that they will fight until the last second of the campaign to secure a place in the Euro 2016 finals. Asked if a draw with the Poles in Dublin represented two points dropped, captain Keane said: “No. When you go a goal behind and you score in the last few minutes of the game, it’s certainly a point gained. “If we’d have scored earlier, maybe so, if we’d continue to play the way we did in the second half. But when you score a goal in the last few minutes, it’s certainly a point gained. “It will give us confidence as well going into the next game, knowing that we can keep going and fighting until the very end and get something out of the game.” Ireland’s hopes of qualification looked to be hanging by a thread as the game entered its final throes with the visitors tenaciously defending the 26th-minute lead Slawomir Peszko had given them, even if goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had been grateful for the assistance of the woodwork on two occasions. But, in the first of five minutes of stoppage time, the diminutive Wes Hoolahan rose to head Robbie Brady’s corner back across goal, and Long was in the right place at the right time to beat the keeper. Keane said: “Of course, it certainly gives us confidence. You look at the effort from the players fitness-wise, everyone closing down the defenders and closing down the midfielders and how hard we made it in the second half for Poland. “We have to give ourselves a lot of credit. When you go a goal behind against anybody, it’s always difficult, and when you are chasing the game and chasing the game, you feel like it’s not going to come. “To get that goal at the end was certainly a relief because it was certainly well deserved. It would have been a travesty if we didn’t get something out of the game.”