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More than 600 new COVID-19 cases reported nationwide 

  • July 17, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that a total of 608 COVID-19 cases were confirmed throughout Japan on Thursday, the highest number since the state of emergency was lifted on May 25. Tokyo alone marked a single-day record of 286 cases. Of the 286 people who tested positive, 196 are in their 20s and 30s, 31 are in their 40s, 20 are in their 50s, and 25 are 60 years old or older. The transmission routes are unknown for 137 of them.  


Nikkei wrote that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is securing as many as 3,000 hospital beds for coronavirus patients and the health system in Tokyo is not yet overloaded because only 760 patients were in hospital as of Thursday. However, the paper wrote that Japan may face a shortage of hospital beds if the number of elderly patients increases as the virus is spreading rapidly.  

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