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Only 14,486 beds secured for COVID-19 patients nationwide, far below target of 50,000

  • May 11, 2020
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Monday’s Nikkei wrote that the MHLW announced on Sunday that 14,486 beds have been secured for treating COVID-19 patients in hospitals nationwide. The paper wrote that although the GOJ set a target of 50,000 beds at its taskforce meeting on April 6, less than 30% of the target figure has been achieved. The paper added that although Tokyo has secured 2,000 beds, 1,832 of them were occupied as of April 28. Although the prefectures are expected to increase the number of beds to a total of more than 30,000 nationwide, including 4,000 in Tokyo, if the number of patients rises explosively, the ministry is uncertain whether there will be enough beds.

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