Fukuoka Prefecture plans to designate some medical facilities to specialize in treating COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms. Governor Hiroshi Ogawa explained at a press conference on March 30 that the prefecture’s capacity to hospitalize patients of the new coronavirus is currently limited to 66 beds at twelve medical institutions. To prepare for a potential surge of the patients, including those who are on dialysis, the prefecture will establish a head office to facilitate cooperation amongst local hospitals and other related institutions. The governor also referred to the possibility of continuing the school closure at prefectural elementary schools and junior high schools. Source: NHK 2020-03-30
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