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Over 210,000 hotel rooms secured to treat coronavirus patients

  • April 20, 2020
  • , Nikkei , Kyodo News
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Kyodo News reported on Sunday that Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura told reporters that the GOJ has secured over 210,000 hotel rooms nationwide to accommodate COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms. The GOJ has also reportedly received 120,000 face masks from companies and will provide them to hospital staff amid product shortages, the minister told reporters after inspecting the University of Tokyo Hospital where patients with severe symptoms have been treated. Of the hotel rooms secured, the GOJ has already concluded contracts for about 6,000, Nishimura said.

 

In a related story, Monday’s Nikkei wrote that local governments throughout Japan are securing more hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. The paper wrote that although a Nikkei survey showed that about 10,000 beds have already been secured at hospitals nationwide, the local governments are making additional efforts to increase the number of beds because the number of COVID-19 patients in Japan has exceeded 10,000.

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