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Japan's virus policy under question; Isolation at home denies sick health care, critics say

Nov 24, 2021 - Chicago Tribune

Yoshihiko Takeuchi, who ran a small restaurant on the island of Okinawa, told only a few friends he had the coronavirus. When he didn't answer phone calls from public health workers for three days, police went to his home and found him dead in his bed.

He was among hundreds of people who have died while subject to "jitaku ryoyo," or a policy of having some COVID-19 patients "recuperate at home."

In many countries, those with the virus stay home to isolate and recover, but critics say...