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Over 17,000 hospital beds secured nationwide

  • May 20, 2020
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Nikkei and Yomiuri took up the Health Ministry’s announcement on Tuesday that prefectural governments across the country had secured a total of 17,290 hospital beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients as of May 15, up almost 940 from a week ago. The overall figure includes 2,356 beds for those in serious condition. As of May 13, a total of 3,342 people were hospitalized nationwide, including 252 patients with serious symptoms. Nearly 650 virus carriers were self-isolating at home while some 610 patients with minor symptoms were staying at hotels secured by local governments. The ministry reportedly concluded that sufficient hospital beds have been secured. “Bed capacity is not strained,” one ministry official reportedly said.

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