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Japan: New Tokyo support centre constructed amid fears of second COVID-19 wave04:45

Japan: New Tokyo support centre constructed amid fears of second COVID-19 wave

Japan, Tokyo
August 3, 2020 at 18:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

A new disaster emergency support centre with 250 beds has been constructed in Tokyo amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus.

Beds and bathroom areas for both families and individuals could be seen at the Nippon Foundation Disaster Emergency Support Centre, as recorded on Monday.

Tomoyuki Hashimoto, public relation team program director, remarked that the Nippon Foundation started the temporary housing project at the "end of March," due to "a fear in Japan, that the Japanese medical system is collapsing because of the COVID-19."

"There are 140 rooms and 150 beds we have, and some of them are for the family," Hashimoto continued, referring to one part of the centre, which has a second "arena" with a further 100 beds.

Regarding capacity and facilities, Hashimoto explained that the foundation is working closely with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, who will decide who will be sent to the centre. The centre has been designed for patients with milder symptoms.

According to local reports, Tokyo confirmed 258 new coronavirus cases on Monday, after several days of 1,000 cases being reported per day.

Japan currently has 40,073 confirmed cases and 1,018 related deaths, as reported by John Hopkins University.

Japan: New Tokyo support centre constructed amid fears of second COVID-19 wave04:45
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A new disaster emergency support centre with 250 beds has been constructed in Tokyo amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus.

Beds and bathroom areas for both families and individuals could be seen at the Nippon Foundation Disaster Emergency Support Centre, as recorded on Monday.

Tomoyuki Hashimoto, public relation team program director, remarked that the Nippon Foundation started the temporary housing project at the "end of March," due to "a fear in Japan, that the Japanese medical system is collapsing because of the COVID-19."

"There are 140 rooms and 150 beds we have, and some of them are for the family," Hashimoto continued, referring to one part of the centre, which has a second "arena" with a further 100 beds.

Regarding capacity and facilities, Hashimoto explained that the foundation is working closely with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, who will decide who will be sent to the centre. The centre has been designed for patients with milder symptoms.

According to local reports, Tokyo confirmed 258 new coronavirus cases on Monday, after several days of 1,000 cases being reported per day.

Japan currently has 40,073 confirmed cases and 1,018 related deaths, as reported by John Hopkins University.

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