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Japan’s hospital beds and testing capacity still insufficient for “second wave” of COVID-19

  • June 30, 2020
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Nikkei wrote that as Tokyo has confirmed more than 50 new coronavirus cases per day over the last four days, the GOJ is worried about the possibility of Japan facing a “second wave.” The paper wrote that although a total of 30,000 beds were secured nationwide for COVID-19 patients and only 559 of them were being used as of June 24, the nation may face a serious shortage of beds because as many as 95,000 beds may be necessary in the worst-case scenario. According to the paper, 4,100 of the 30,000 beds are equipped for patients in serious condition, but Health Ministry estimates have found that as many as 13,000 people could become seriously ill. The paper also wrote that the PCR testing capacity remains inadequate in Japan and the stockpile of personal protective equipment for medical practitioners is also insufficient.

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