Where COVID-19 Is Putting a Strain on Japanese Hospitals #infographic

Where COVID-19 Is Putting a Strain on Japanese Hospitals #infographic

Despite regular new cases of coronavirus increasingly approaching 1,000 since early August, Japan is on high alert once more. Health Minister Kato Katsunobu has said that if the issue continued, another nationwide state of emergency like the one that ended in May may be likely. In the meantime, the prefectures of Okinawa and Aichi have declared their own states of emergency and Tokyo is reportedly mulling a similar move.

All three prefectures announced on July 29 that patients with coronavirus had already taken up over 35 per cent of local hospital beds, with figures now likely to be higher. Osaka Prefecture has seen the highest occupancy rate at 42.5 percent but a new declaration has yet to be released. This is according to statistics reported by national broadcaster NHK from the Ministry of Education, Labor, and Welfare.

The highest occupancy rates for COVID-19 were typically located in populated prefectures in central and south-central Japan. An exception to this rule is Far-flung Okinawa, where hospital capacity is small to begin with. According to the South China Morning Post, the virus began spreading again in a tourist resort and on a US military base.

Where COVID-19 Is Putting a Strain on Japanese Hospitals #infographic

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