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Tokyo yet to meet goal of securing 7,000 beds for COVID patients 

  • September 3, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei wrote that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said on Thursday that it has not yet achieved its goal of securing 7,000 beds for COVID-19 patients. The metropolitan government and the Health Ministry asked about 400 hospitals in Tokyo on Aug. 23 to secure more beds to treat COVID-19 patients based on the Infectious Disease Law, setting a deadline of Aug. 31. The paper wrote that although there are a total of about 80,000 hospital beds in Tokyo, only about 6,400 had been offered for coronavirus patients as of Sept. 1. Although the Tokyo government has set a goal of 7,000 beds, only 6,406 beds have been secured and only 6,117 beds are currently set up to treat COVID-19 patients. Among the some 20,000 COVID-19 patients recuperating at home, about 7,000 are awaiting hospitalization. In addition, 30% of the secured 6,400 beds are not being used. The paper wrote that hospitals are hesitant to comply with the request and that the metropolitan government has not been exercising leadership in urging hospitals to offer more beds. When asked by a reporter on Thursday how the metropolitan government plans to reach the goal of 7,000 beds, Governor Koike only said that Tokyo will continue to call for hospitals’ cooperation. All other papers ran similar reports. 

  

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