During the sixth wave of COVID-19, the number of people showing improvement at government-designated accommodation facilities in Japan has risen dramatically.
As a result of the increase, those who have been diagnosed with the virus are being offered a variety of services, such as luxury lunch boxes prepared by well-known caterers and rooms where families can stay together.
These services are designed to relieve the stress of patients who are confined to their homes and have limited mobility.
Local governments should share relevant information, according to one expert, in order for such initiatives to spread further.
On Feb 9, lunch boxes were distributed at a government-designated accommodation facility in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, with pieces of sweet-flavored Kuroge Wagyu — Japanese black beef — arranged atop white rice.
Ningyocho Imahan Co., a long-established beef hot-pot restaurant operator and caterer of Japanese cuisine, prepared the lunch boxes, dubbed “Tokujo Sukiyaki-ju” (stacked boxes of fine sukiyaki).
The meals were scheduled to be delivered to COVID-19 patients recovering at designated city-based lodging facilities.