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Only 60% of prefectures have designated hospitals for COVID-19 patients requiring emergency treatment  

  • June 2, 2020
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi wrote that the Health Ministry released on Monday the results of its survey of the readiness of prefectural governments nationwide to provide emergency treatment for COVID-19 patients. As of May 19, 27 prefectures, or less than 60% of all 47 prefectures in Japan, had designated hospitals where people who are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus can be transferred for emergency treatment. Eight of the prefectures have not yet selected appropriate hospitals and the remaining 12 prefectures are still making plans to designate hospitals. The paper wrote that the ministry conducted the survey following numerous incidents in which patients with fever and other symptoms who required emergency care were refused by hospitals. 

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