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GOJ, Tokyo ask hospitals to secure beds for COVID patients

  • August 24, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that on Monday Health Minister Tamura and Tokyo Governor Koike asked all medical institutions in Tokyo, which total 14,000, to accept as many COVID-19 patients as possible and dispatch staff to operate oxygen stations and other facilities for treating COVID-19 patients to relieve the current strain on the healthcare system in Tokyo. This is the first time for the Health Ministry to make such a request of medical institutions based on the revised Infectious Disease Law. The metropolitan government aims to secure about 600 hospital beds to bring the total number of beds available for COVID-19 patients to 7,000. About 400 hospitals accept coronavirus patients. The GOJ requested support from the 250 hospitals that currently do not accept these patients and from the 13,500 clinics, universities with medical departments, and nursing schools across the nation. The papers wrote that the effectiveness of the latest step remains uncertain. The GOJ and the Tokyo government can disclose the names of hospitals that do not comply with the request without a justifiable reason, but it remains unclear whether they will do so as many hospitals are reporting staff shortages.

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