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Japan bracing for second wave of infections 

  • May 29, 2020
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NHK reported this morning on the finding that although the MHLW predicts that 44,000 hospital beds will be needed to accommodate COVID-19 patients nationwide during the peak of the outbreak, prefectural governments only have 31,000 beds, or 70% of the target figure, lined up as of today. The network added that the MHLW is asking prefectural governments to make as many preparations as possible because the healthcare systems in some regions have been strained as the number of patients increased more than expected. In addition, the network said the MHLW will launch a website sometime next month to connect medical institutions and public health centers with medical practitioners looking for jobs in order to secure sufficient personnel. 

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