COVID-19 Cases

More than 90 percent of hospital beds in Tokyo filled for COVID-19 patients

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More than 90 percent of hospital beds secured for COVID-19 patients in Tokyo have already been occupied, the Japanese Ministry of Health said on Sunday, underscoring the pressing need to reduce further spread of the new coronavirus.

The ministry said as of April 28 1,832 COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized in the capital, or 91.6 percent of the 2,000 beds made available for such patients.

The Metropolitan Government of Tokyo aims to eventually increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients to 4000.

"There's a chance the virus could spread further. The number of beds from 2,000 to such target needs to be brought closer quickly, "a Health Ministry official told Reuters.

According to the public broadcaster NHK, about 5,000 people in Tokyo were confirmed to have been infected with the virus, accounting for nearly one-third of Japan's total infections of around 16,000.

Data from the ministry showed that the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reached 5,558 as of April 28, compared with 14,486 beds set aside for those with lung disease caused by the virus, bringing the occupancy rate down to 38 per cent.

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