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Prefectures not under state of emergency also suffering hospital bed shortages 

  • January 16, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Saturday’s Yomiuri reported that according to data disclosed by the GOJ on Friday, some prefectures that are not among the 11 prefectures under the state of emergency are at “Stage 4,” the highest level on the four-point scale, indicating that their healthcare systems are at risk of collapsing due to an explosive rise in infections with bed occupancy at 50% or higher. The paper also wrote that the bed occupancy rate for seriously ill patients in Tokyo had exceeded capacity at 104%. According to the report, the number of infections per 100,000 people over the preceding week was 81 in Tokyo, 43 in Osaka, and more than 25 in all the other prefectures under the state of emergency. The paper also wrote that the bed occupancy rates for COVID-19 patients were 76% in Shiga, 66% in Gunma, 59% in Mie, 62% in Kumamoto, and 51% in Hiroshima. 

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