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GOJ ready to deploy SDF nurses to Hokkaido  

  • December 8, 2020
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All national papers wrote that the GOJ has decided to deploy SDF nurses to Asahikawa, Hokkaido, where the local hospital system has been overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 cases. The nation’s largest cluster infections have occurred in Asahikawa with almost 240 people testing positive at a single local hospital. Two teams of five SDF nurses will be sent to local medical facilities for two weeks.  


Osaka Governor Yoshimura also filed a request with Defense Minister Kishi yesterday to send SDF nurses to the prefecture to staff a newly launched facility for treatment of patients in serious condition. Asahi wrote that since Osaka desperately needs additional hospital workers, some officials have even mentioned  the possibility of asking Australia to send healthcare workers to the city. 


Although there are some 1,000 SDF nurses across the nation, not many can reportedly be deployed on emergency missions. Thus far, SDF healthcare personnel, including doctors, have been tapped to combat large-scale coronavirus infections aboard the Diamond Princess in Yokohama in February and the Costa Atlantica in Nagasaki in May, and in Okinawa in late August.  

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